Authorities: St. Charles County woman drunk, high when infant son found dead

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by Brendan Marks / KMOV.com Staff | @BrendanMarks

KMOV.com

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 30 at 11:07 AM

(KMOV) – A 31-year-old woman faces charges after police say she was high and drunk when her 10-week-old child was found dead in her St. Charles County home in July.

Lindsay Yoder was charged Tuesday with first-degree child endangerment, a felony.

The incident happened at a home in the 3600 block of Fairview Dr. on July 18.

According to court documents, Yoder was supposed to be taking care of her son between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. that day. But when the child’s father came home that night, he found her on the living room couch acting disoriented and barely responsive.

He asked Yoder several times where the child was, but she was not able to respond. He indicated she “was acting confused, disoriented, and had trouble speaking,” according to court documents.

The boy’s father later found the child lying motionless on his back in the master bedroom.

The child was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Peters, and had no pulse when they arrived. He was later pronounced dead. Officials say the child had signs of rigor mortis, and an autopsy determined he had been dead for as much as two hours before being found.

Hospital officials say signs indicated he also had died lying on his stomach.

According to court documents, Yoder was belligerent with hospital staff and appeared confused. At one point she told staff, “I killed my baby…”

She was interviewed by police, and told officers she had no recollection of caring for the child that day.

Tests later showed she had a blood alcohol level of .261 - more than three times the legal limit - and a 6.5 Delta 9 THC level, both signs of severe impairment.

According to court documents, Yoder was not cooperative during the investigation into her child’s death. Officials say she is now pregnant with another child.

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