MN mom charged in her newborn's death makes national news

Criminal charges say Rianna Marie Cameron was drunk when she delivered the baby.
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A Twin Cities woman is facing manslaughter charges in the death of her newborn infant last December.

Rogers resident Rianna Marie Cameron, 29, is accused of causing her daughter's death after drinking more than a liter of whiskey shortly prior to giving birth.

The charges say she was heavily intoxicated when she gave birth to the girl in a residence on Dec. 30 of 2018.

Police found the newborn on Cameron's bed, "blue or purple in color" and with its umbilical cord still attached.

Police were called by her fiance, who was downstairs in their home and heard her scream before finding the baby lying at her feet. Attempts to resuscitate her did result in a faint heartbeat, but she later died in a hospital.

The criminal complaint says her cause of death was “complications of acute ethanol intoxication and unsupported delivery."

Cameron is charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter; one of which is for "culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk."

A search warrant affidavit reported by the Star Tribune says that even though the child was premature by a month, the baby would have been born healthy. However the level of intoxication "would cause a sedation of the central nervous system and affected breathing and heart rate."

Investigators later consulted a pathologist who determined that even though she emerged a month premature, the baby otherwise would have been born healthy, according to the affidavit.

Since it broke Friday morning, the story has been picked up by outlets around the country — such as FOX 5 San Diego, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and the New York Daily News. 

(Some are reporting erroneously that Cameron is from "Rogers, Texas.")

Cameron was released from the Hennepin County jail on Thursday, jail records show. 

There's no word yet on a trial date.

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