CORYDON, Ind. (WHAS11) —Harrison County Prosecutor Otto Schalk says Tina Schmidt, 35, should have known better.
Schmidt faces a pair of charges, the most serious being Reckless Homicide after her 10-month-old died co-sleeping October 29.
Schalk says he had to wait on toxicology results to come back before charging Schmidt, who allegedly had amphetamine and methamphetamine in her system.
According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, Schmidt admitted that after she put her baby down to sleep in a large bed between her two other teenaged sons, she left her home on Wiseman Road to use meth with Clint McCord Sr., who she identified as her husband.
Schmidt admitted she was gone at least 45 minutes and when she returned she found her baby buried under blankets and not breathing.
“Four years ago in the exact same bed, under very similar circumstances, another child that was in her care died as a result of asphyxia,” Schalk said. “Co-sleeping being a contributing factor.”
That child was just six weeks old and wasn’t her own.
The affidavit states that after Schmidt gave birth to her ten-month-old, the Indiana Department of Child Services made Schmidt agree to a safety plan in which she promised never to co-sleep her baby or put the child in an adult bed.
“This is different than murder, we are not saying she intentionally did this, we’re saying her actions were so reckless and she knew or should have known how dangerous this situation was,” Schalk said.
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