DA: Mother high on marijuana when infant daughter died

EAST PETERSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A Lancaster County woman has been charged in the death of her infant daughter.

Kayla Marie Breniser, 27, of East Petersburg, is charged with felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child in the death last April.

Authorities said the infant died of asphyxia while sleeping on a couch where Breniser also fell asleep.

In an interview with police, Breniser admitted to smoking marijuana throughout her pregnancy and after the baby was born, including hours before caring for the girl on the night she died.

She also said smoking marijuana contributed to her falling asleep on the couch while holding her daughter.

A blood test that day tested positive for marijuana use, authorities said.

“The choice to use marijuana while responsible for the life and care of a helpless infant was intentional and the price immeasurable in this case,” District Attorney Craig Stedman said Thursday.

Breniser was released on unsecured bail. She is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4 for a preliminary hearing.

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