Another Child Meth-Related Death

A Sacramento woman has been arrested in the death of her 2-month-old daughter, who ingested a toxic dose of meth through breast milk, authorities said.

A Sacramento County deputy coroner’s report concluded that Olivia Rose Dipinto died on Jan. 1 of “acute methamphetamine intoxication.” The manner of death was ruled an accident.

Her mother, Maureen Hoffart, 45, was arrested on suspicion of endangering the life or health of a child and was being held without bail in Sacramento County jail.

That January morning, firefighters found the baby dead after responding to a medical aid call in the 2500 block of 38th Avenue, Sgt. Matt Young said. The infant’s body was turned over to the Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.

Coroner’s spokesman Ed Smith said it’s apparent that the mother took methamphetamine shortly before breast-feeding her child. “The child ingested a lethal dose of the drug,” Smith said.

Young said the infant’s twin sibling has been taken into protective custody.

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