SPANAWAY, Wash – A toddler is dead and his mother now faces manslaughter charges because prosecutors say she watched him ingest meth and did not call 911.
Prosecutors filed first degree manslaughter charges against Alyia Iverson, 26, of Spanaway Tuesday.
Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist released a statement after charging calling the case sad, tragic and avoidable.
“Parents are supposed to protect and care for their children,” said Lindquist. “When a helpless child dies from drug poisoning, there needs to be accountability.”
Prosecutors say a number of people were doing drugs inside the Iverson’s home in early December of 2012 when they say she watched her two-year-old son drink from her bong water.
Instead of immediately calling 911, prosecutors say Iverson swaddled her child in a blanket and put him on the bed around 1:00 a.m.
By 3:00 a.m. investigators say the child was no longer breathing and only then were paramedics called.
Prosecutors say the baby had no pulse and was so stiff paramedics couldn’t even open his airwaves to try and facilitate breathing.
The toddler was rushed to the hospital.
Doctors said the child had fixed and dilated pupils, multiple bruises as well as dirty fingers and nails. He was pronounced dead 15 minute after arriving at the hospital.
The Medical Examiner later determined the child ingested THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, and enough meth to kill an adult.
Prosecutors say Iverson has a history of smoking meth in her children’s presence as well as not properly feeding and even physically abusing them.
Iverson was expected in court in Pierce County Tuesday afternoon.