Ocean Springs woman charged in newborn's cocaine death

By The Associated Press

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say an Ocean Springs woman has been charged with manslaughter after an autopsy confirmed her newborn’s death was caused by cocaine overdose.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd says 32-year-old Antoinette Newsom was arrested Friday and was being held at the county’s adult detention center. A dispatcher at detention center said Sunday he didn’t know whether Newsom had an attorney.

Byrd says Newsom delivered a full-term baby boy, who died a few hours after birth. Byrd says an autopsy revealed the baby died because of an excessive amount of cocaine in his system.

The sheriff says Newsom was out on $5,000 bail from a Dec. 10 charge of felony possession of heroin.