Mom accused of mixing methadone with baby formula

JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — A local mother accused of mixing methadone with her baby’s formula is now facing child abuse charges.

Carissa Manning, 27, was taken into custody earlier this week after police said she inadvertently mixed methadone, which was stored in a baby bottle, with her 6-month-old daughter’s formula.

Officers said emergency crews responded to 11 Binghamton Avenue earlier this month after they received reports the baby showed signs of distress. When rescue crews arrived, they reported to police that they didn’t like some of Manning’s answers to their questions, and law enforcement got involved shortly after.

Toxicology reports later revealed that the baby tested positive for methadone. According to police, Manning was called to the station for an interview earlier this week and taken into custody.

The infant is now in the care of a relative.

The mother was released on $10,000 personal recognizance.

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