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Mother found dead in Rolla hospital died from overdose

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ROLLA, Mo. (KMOV) -- Preliminary autopsy findings suggest the mother who was found dead in a Rolla, Missouri hospital waiting room died from a prescription drug overdose.

The autopsy was performed on Tuesday.  The preliminary results were released on Wednesday in lieu of pending toxicology and pathology results.  Officials said the overdose was self-induced and they do not suspect any foul play.

On Monday, detectives from the Rolla Police Department arrived at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center at 10 a.m., to find the body of Stephanie Maylee, 25, of Rolla.  Maylee recently had a baby boy and was discharged from the hospital on February 11th. However, her baby was not released and Maylee had been sleeping in a private waiting room.

According to the CEO of Phelps County Regional Medical Center, John Denbo; on February 12 Maylee came back to the hospital in the early evening to visit her son on the obstetrics floor. The next morning, her father came to visit and found Maylee dead in the waiting room.

Maylee was apparently on pain medication to help with the pain from her C-section. Her father said he feared she may have taken too many pain pills.  Wednesday's autopsy results confirmed his fears.

 

The hospital is cooperating with Rolla police and the coroner's office. They will also be conducting their own internal investigation. If you have any information, call Detective Robert Jones at (573)-308-1213.

 

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