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Wentzville woman accused of letting son suffocate while she drank, used drugs

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Glenn is facing charges of child abuse and child endangerment. She allegedly allowed her baby son to suffocate while she drank and did drugs By Daniel Greenwald Glenn is facing charges of child abuse and child endangerment. She allegedly allowed her baby son to suffocate while she drank and did drugs By Daniel Greenwald

WENTZVILLE, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A Wentzville woman is facing charges after she allegedly allowed her 10-week-old baby son to suffocate.

Twenty four-year-old Jordan Glenn is facing child abuse and child endangerment charges. According to police, she put the baby on a bed in an unsafe sleeping position on his stomach and didn’t check on him for more than 16 hours while she drank, smoked marijuana, and used the pain killer Percocet. Authorities said an autopsy determined the victim suffocated.

Mental health experts said help for parents who use drugs is available, but the biggest obstacle is seeking help in the first place.

“In your community it is stigmatizing if you admit you have a problem with drugs and alcohol. People are going to look down on you,” said Elle McDonald with Bridgeway Behavioral Health.

McDonald said those with loved ones with a drug addiction need to encourage them to seek help.

"People need to step up and not avoid the conversation.  We need to make sure that people know that help is available so things like this don't happen," McDonald said.

McDonald said untreated substance abuse and mental illness cost Missouri around $7.5 billion per year. Glenn has posted bond and is out of jail.

You can find a link to Bridgeway Behavioral Health here and link to St. Louis Crisis Nursery here.

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