A 23-year-old woman in Texas is facing charges of causing her baby’s death by smoking synthetic marijuana. Kaysie Lynn Broaddus of Freeport in Brazoria County is facing a first-degree felony injury to a child. Seven months ago, her 20-month-old son, Malachi, died after Broaddus smoked the substance in the home she shared with the child, according to Freeport Police Chief Ray Garivey. The infant boy was later pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Memorial Hospital in Lake Jackson, Texas.

On October 2, Broaddus appeared intoxicated when officers responded to a distress call about the listless infant boy. An autopsy showed that the baby had synthetic marijuana in his system. Further tests revealed that the substance in the baby's bloodstream matched the chemical signature of the substance found in the home where Broaddus and the baby were.

Broaddus has a history of criminal activity and was already an inmate at the Brazoria County Jail due to other drug charges. On Thursday, she was indicted on the felony injury charge and is being held on a $100,000 bond. She may face 99 years in prison if convicted. According to the sister of the accused, Broaddus was a good mother despite her drug use.

In an interview with local Channel 2 news, Kristi Broaddus said, “She was a wonderful mother to that kid, she really was. She did not intentionally hurt that child she would never intentionally hurt that child." Sheriff Garivey said at a press conference “If you make narcotics, drugs, synthetic marijuana, cocaine, accessible to a child, we’re going to charge you.” He added that his department believes that the child may have himself ingested the substance.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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