Mother pleads guilty after baby dies from heroin-laced formula

PLYMOUTH, MASS. (WHDH) - A mother whose infant died after consuming baby formula with heroin has pleaded guilty.

Ashley Cyr, 29 of Quincy, pleaded guilty Thursday in Plymouth Superior Court to one count of manslaughter and reckless endangerment. She was sentenced to 6-8 years in prison and five additional years of probation.

Cyr must also undergo a drug treatment program and remain drug-free.

The infant’s father, Ryan Barry, 32, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 10-12 years in prison.

The couple’s daughter, 5-month-old Mya, was found unresponsive in their Marshfield apartment on Sept. 23, 2011. Rescuers say the baby was cold to the touch and wasn’t breathing upon their arrival.

Prosecutors say police found heroin and hypodermic needles in the bedroom Barry shared with Ashley Cyr, Mya’s mother, and their two other infant children. Officers also found a baby’s bottle containing opioids.

The mother of a five-month-old infant girl who died as a result of ingesting baby formula laced with heroin, has pleaded guilty to her role in the death, Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz announced.


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