Police: Mother charged with murder after allegedly giving toddler meth to counteract methadone

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – An Arizona mother is facing murder charges after investigators claim she poisoned her young daughter.

According to ABC 15, 30-year-old Natalie Russell found her 2-year-old daughter, Adalynn, unresponsive after leaving a bottle of liquid methadone within the toddler’s reach.

At that point, Russell allegedly gave the child meth to counteract the methadone.

Tragically, the toddler died the next day and an autopsy revealed that she had “toxic levels of methadone and methamphetamine in her body.”

The Arizona Department of Child Safety confirmed to ABC 15 that they had previously investigated allegations of neglect involving Russell and the toddler.

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