A Georgia mother who smothered her 8-month-old son in July did so while suffering a methamphetamine overdose which resulted in her own death, state officials announced this week.
Per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Holly Whitley, 31, and her son, Alex Fuentes, were found dead in an Acworth home on July 17. The woman’s 2-year-old daughter was in the home at the time but wasn’t harmed.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) completed an autopsy in July but were awaiting toxicology results to determine a cause and manner of death. Both deaths were found to be accidental: Whitley cause of death was listed as methamphetamine toxicity while Fuentes’ was mechanical asphyxia.
Woodstock Patch reported that Whitley was found dead on a sofa and neither she nor her 8-month-old showed any signs of trauma. The pair’s bodies were sent to the agency to undergo an autopsy.
Authorities told WGCL in July that foul play wasn’t involved and that they ruled out murder or suicide.
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jay Baker said in Friday’s statement, “Ms. Whitley died from a lethal amount of methamphetamine in her system. Her body came to rest on top of her infant, which caused the child to smother, leading to his death.”
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