Woman charged in death of infant son

A Joplin-area woman has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of her infant son because she was allegedly high on drugs when she rolled over him in bed.

The charge alleges that Jessica C. Jones, 27, used methamphetamine and marijuana before sleeping in the same bed with her 4-month-old son, Ashton. The baby died in early August, and Newton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Bill Dobbs announced the charge Tuesday.

In February 2006, Jones' 3-month-old son, Jericho, died under similar circumstances, according to investigators. Jericho's death was ruled to have been caused by accidental asphyxiation during sleep, and his mother was not charged.

Jones was arrested Friday and remained in custody Wednesday at the Newton County Jail, with bond set at $30,000.

Court records showed she did not yet have an attorney, and she had not entered a plea Wednesday.

Dobbs said the woman's four other children were removed from the home in August after investigators found dog feces, rotten food and clothing piled up to a foot deep in the trailer. They remain in state custody.

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