BROWNSVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Deputies say a mother who had methamphetamine and marijuana in her system when she tried to drive over a flooded bridge, causing her toddler to die, is charged with murder.
Edmonson County Emergency workers say on December 2 at 6:22 p.m., they were sent to a low water bridge on Oak Hill Road because a car had become submerged.
Deputies say 28-year-old Alexandra Richardson and her 7-year-old son both made it safely out of the water, but Richardson’s 20-month-old son had not.
According to deputies, the toddler was found unresponsive and was taken to the Medical Center at Bowling Green. They say doctors were able to get a heartbeat from the child, and he was sent to Monroe Carell Children’s Hospital, but died the next evening.
Deputies say Richardson was interviewed at the hospital and admitted to recently using methamphetamine and marijuana. They say she also admitted that she had driven across the flooded bridge several times in the past and didn’t think it was that deep.
After being given a search warrant, deputies say Richardson’s medical records and confirmed drugs in her blood at the time she arrived at the hospital.
On December 4th, deputies say they continued the investigation and searched Richardson’s residence, which revealed a small amount of suspected marijuana and methamphetamine.
Richardson was charged with murder, wanton endangerment and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.
Another person, 56-year-old William Suttle was also charged for possession of drugs and paraphernalia that been found during a search of Richardson’s home.