- Associated Press - Sunday, December 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville woman accused of drugging and killing her 22-month-old son has now been charged with giving drugs to her other three children.

The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1wbCeNM) reports that on June 20, 2013, emergency responders found 30-year-old Jamey Chaffin sitting on the front steps of her home holding the body of the toddler.

She was indicted and accused of giving the boy a dose of her prescription morphine to try and put him to sleep.

New test results show Chaffin may have given prescription drugs to her other three children - ages 7, 5 and 2. She was indicted earlier this month on additional charges.

Lab results from hair sample tests of the three children show positive results for oxycodone, a prescription painkiller, and drugs used to treat anxiety and depression.

Assistant District Attorney General Brian Holmgren said the testing shows it was Chaffin, not her husband, who administered the deadly drugs. She had prescriptions for all but one of those medications, he said. Holmgren also said the testing proves the children did not accidentally take the medication.

Chaffin’s husband, Chris Chaffin, is facing three charges of child neglect.

“This evidence establishes . that the fatal dose of morphine was deliberately ingested by this child,” Holmgren said. “Because three other children have three other drugs or four different drugs administered to them over multiple months over different time periods.”

Laura Getz, Jamey Chaffin’s attorney, questioned how the children came into contact with the drugs.

“I think there are multiple questions in this document, including the (FBI) agent’s assertion that these substances could be transmitted by sweat,” Getz said. “That is something that we certainly would like to explore.”

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Information from: The Tennessean, https://www.tennessean.com


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