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Mother charged with child's meth overdose from breastfeeding tearful court appearance

Alyssa Murch, 20, made her first court appearance Wednesday. She is facing charges after her 7-month-old child's meth overdose from tainted breast milk.

BANGOR, Maine — "First case, Alyssa Murch," announced Judge Bruce Jordan inside a Penobscot County courtroom in Bangor Wednesday morning.

Murch, 20, is facing charges after her 7-month-old child's methamphetamine overdose from tainted breast milk.

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She was visibly tearful in the courtroom as the judge detailed her rights.

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Murch is facing a felony charge of aggravated unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs, a felony charge of domestic violence assault on a child less than 6-years-old, and endangering the welfare of a child, which is a misdemeanor.

According to Bangor police, officers were called to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 of last year after Murch’s baby was admitted to the hospital and was found to be suffering from a meth overdose.

By the time officials arrived, the baby had regained consciousness and was being treated.

That child is now in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services and Murch is only allowed supervised visitation. 

The judge did not require Murch to make a plea but as a condition of her bail she was ordered to stay away from drugs and cannot have unsupervised contact with her child.

Murch's next scheduled court appearance is April 9.

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