RACINE — A Kenosha woman charged after an infant she was babysitting allegedly ingested methadone received additional charges after allegedly overdosing on heroin in her jail cell last week.
Jamie L. White, 34, of the 5100 block of 28th Avenue, is charged with felony possession of narcotic drugs, four counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possessing/illegally obtaining prescriptions and possession of drug paraphernalia, all with possession of a controlled substance on or near certain places.
On Oct. 3, White appeared in court for a case involving two counts of bail jumping. She was placed on a cash bond and taken into custody. Fewer than five hours later, she had allegedly overdosed on heroin in her jail cell.
According to the criminal complaint, White smuggled into jail a needle containing heroin and a fist-sized bag of pills wrapped in a blue surgical glove in a body orifice. She reportedly told officers she injected herself with the heroin-filled syringe while everyone in her cell was distracted.
Deputies allegedly found White unresponsive with the needle in her left hand. White was revived by Narcan.
The pills in White’s possession were identified as gabapentin, a prescription anti-seizure and pain medicine; clonidine hydrochloride, a prescription opiate withdrawal medication; zolpidem, a schedule IV controlled substance; naproxen and 10 pills ranging in three different dosages of methylphenidate hydrochloride, a schedule II controlled substance.
In June, White was charged with felony first-degree recklessly endangering safety, delivery of scheduled and controlled substances, and misdemeanor possessing an illegally obtained prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of THC in connection to an infant ingesting methadone while in White’s care, court records showed.
According to the criminal complaint from that incident, White was watching a 2-month-old boy for approximately five hours on Jan. 22 in the 1300 block of Center Street. The child’s mother returned, noticed the infant not acting like himself and took him to Ascension All Saints Hospital’s emergency room.
The infant then went into cardiac arrest and was eventually taken to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Wauwatosa via Flight for Life, according to the complaint.
A toxicology screen reportedly showed the infant had tested positive for methadone with a level doctors said was in the fatal zone for infants. The complaint did not say how the drug got into the baby’s system.
In February, Racine Police executed a search warrant at White’s residence and reportedly found four bottles that contained methadone.
Police also found marijuana, amphetamines, other prescription pills without a prescription, hypodermic needles, cotton balls and several small silver cooking utensils — items commonly used by people to inject heroin, the complaint states.
Because of other cases pending against White and the conditions of bond she violated by the Oct. 3 incident, she was charged with 12 felony bail jumping and six misdemeanor bail jumping charges.
White is being held on a $100,000 cash bond. She remained in custody as of Wednesday evening, online records show.
She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Oct. 18 at the Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.