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Mother facing charges in daughters fatal overdose

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

DIXON, Mo. (AP) -- A central Missouri woman is facing charges after her daughter died of a fatal overdose on Christmas Eve.

KRCG-TV reports the Dixon woman was arrested Tuesday night and booked into the Maries County jail facing charges of second-degree murder and distribution of a controlled substance.

Deputies who were called to the family’s home on Dec. 24 found a 16-year-old girl dead in her bed of an overdose.

Sheriff Chris Heitman says Missouri law makes giving someone drugs that subsequently kills them is grounds for a second-degree murder charge.Two other people in the house, including the suspect’s son, were arrested on drug charges.

A 10-year-old girl in the home is in state protective custody.

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