- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia police say a teen has been charged in the death of her seven-month-old son.

The Dominion Post reports that Julie Elizabeth Porreca was arraigned in Monongalia County Magistrate Court on Wednesday with bail set at $15,000. State police say Porreca was charged days before her 19th birthday with felony child neglect resulting in injury or death.

Her criminal complaint says police responded at a home for a reported baby in cardiac arrest, and that the victim died the same day he was hospitalized. Porreca told police she gave him children’s fever medication, but an autopsy revealed an adult antidepressant in his system.

A medical examiner determined the risk of death was created by a relationship that included medication and a pneumonia.

It’s unclear if Porreca has an attorney.


Information from: The Dominion Post, https://www.dominionpost.com

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