Mom arrested after baby ingests lethal dose of meth in Glendale

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

GLENDALE, Ariz. – A mother faces murder charges in the death of her 9-month-old daughter.

The child reportedly died after ingesting a packet of methamphetamines.

According to court documents, Veronica Linares, 23, was at her Glendale home with the baby in September 2009 when investigators say the girl gained access to meth at the bottom dresser door in the nursery.

When paramedics responded to the home the child was unresponsive. She was taken to a hospital in Maryvale where she died.

An autopsy determined the baby died as a result of a lethal dose of meth.

During the subsequent investigation, detectives discovered the child had been born with a high concentration of the drug in her system and had been in foster care with someone known to the family.

Following the child's death, the suspect had another child with the same condition. That baby is 1 year old and resides with other family members.

Linares was not arrested until Wednesday because police were not able to find her. She faces one count of second-degree murder and one count of child abuse.