Baby Dies Due to Meth Laden Q-tip

Why do I insist on blogging about tragic stories such as these? Because I think it’s important that they be brought to light for the atrocities that they are. This is just so senseless. I have a VERY hard time believing that the mother of this poor child “didn’t know“.

An 8-month-old boy has died after his mother told police she accidentally wiped his nose with a cotton swab used earlier to clean a methamphetamine pipe, authorities said.

Prosecutors were reviewing evidence against the infant’s mother, Elizabeth Reta of Ontario, and her boyfriend, Juan Antonio Sanchez Jr., and would likely seek murder charges, police Cpl. Jeff Higbee said Monday.

The boy, Samuel Reta, was declared dead Friday at Loma Linda University Medical Center, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office.

The child had been in a coma since police responding to a child-not-breathing emergency call early Thursday found him in full cardiac arrest. The baby also has a fractured skull, broken arm and pneumonia, police said.

Elizabeth Reta, 27, was arrested Thursday and booked for investigation of felony child abuse. Sanchez, who surrendered to police later that night, was also arrested on suspicion of abusing the child, officials said.

Reta has told police she gave the baby a bath, and then used the cotton swab to clean his nose because it was itching, police said. She said she didn’t know the swab had been used to clean a methamphetamine pipe.

I have 3 children; none of which did I ever think to myself “hmm…your nose must itch, let me help you with that”. Maybe I am not the most observant mother; I’ve got to ask, how do you know when a baby’s nose itches? I know this is an article written by the press which could certainly have inaccuracies, but from my vantage point there are holes big enough to drive a car through in this story and I hope the mother gets help in prison.

Yet another innocent life snuffed out at the hands of meth addiction.

12 thoughts on “Baby Dies Due to Meth Laden Q-tip

  1. I actually researched it to try and find out what her sentencing was and couldn’t find anything. There was a follow up story that just mentioned that she would be charged with murder. I assume it awaiting trial since the story isn’t that old.

  2. I actually researched it to try and find out what her sentencing was and couldn’t find anything. There was a follow up story that just mentioned that she would be charged with murder. I assume it awaiting trial since the story isn’t that old.

  3. I hope they throw the book at her. I just saw the part tat says the poor baby had a broken arm. I bet the baby was being abused too.

  4. I hope they throw the book at her. I just saw the part tat says the poor baby had a broken arm. I bet the baby was being abused too.

  5. Uh…exactly how did an 8 month old baby tell anyone his nose was itching? My daughter wasn't nearly that well spoken at 8 months old.

    And really…fractured skull, broken arm, and pneumonia? More than likely, the stupid woman figured the suphedrine (sp?) in the meth would help with the pneumonia. Retard. Not to mention the broken bones are an obvious signal of the insane, violent rages meth users are known for. Poor thing probably felt like crap and wouldn't stop crying; hey, why don't you bash the baby into the wall a few times, that'll shut it right up!

    Sorry, but I hope they fry her. You want to kill yourself by degrees, fine, you're an adult, it's your life, whatever. But, don't subject your kid to that crap.

  6. Sadly I am not surprised by the story about. People who are addicted to drugs no matter what type will do anything for a high, even if it means risking the life of a child. I have lost many friends to meth addiction and watched others fall off the edge who managed to come back…for how long no one really knows. I know for years the drug will call to them and it takes great strength to ignore the calls. I just wish that if people want to throw their lives away do it without risking the lives around them most definitely including children.

  7. ummm.. ALSO: If it was used to “clean a methamphetamine pipe”  then there would be freaking BLACK STUFF all over it – and even if maybe – just maybe – it was used to clean a part of the pipe that may not have had black soot on it – then it would at the very least have had yellowish stuff on there – at least. She’s definitely lying

  8. I was up north with RETA, never in a million years would of i had thought she was capable of that horrible crime. There was more to this than i can share, just know she is regretting every choice she made….

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