COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A South Side mom was charged with child endangerment after her 1-year-old daughter died from methadone ingestion this winter, prosecutors said.
Jasmine Robinson, 23, of the 6900 block of South Jeffery Boulevard, left her three young children unsupervised for more than 12 hours the night February 15, prosecutors said Monday.
Mariah Robinson, 22 months old, was found dead on her mother's couch that night with an empty bottle of methadone pills beneath her limp body, prosecutors said.
The only adult in the home with Mariah and her 4 and 5-year-old siblings was Jasmine Robinson's bedridden husband, who suffers from from spinal and brain cancer and cannot get out of bed.
The mother called 911 after discovering the unresponsive child, prosecutors said. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office later determined that the methadone killed Mariah.
After learning from Robinson's public defender that the other children are in the care of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered the mother released from jail Monday to return to court on her own recognizance.
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