A mother was arrested on homicide charges after she allegedly suffocated her 9-month-old infant after nodding off in a recliner with her infant daughter tucked under her arm, police said Friday.
The infant’s mother, Rachel Lloyd, 27, of Thornhurst, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, a second-degree felony; endangering the welfare of children, a third-degree felony; and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Lloyd was released on $100,000 bail.
At the scene police said Lloyd’s mother was upset and said she had warned her daughter in the past about sleeping with the infant. When police questioned Lloyd, police said she acted strangely and at times was laughing. Inside the house, police said there were other children and several dogs running around.
Lloyd told police she fell asleep in a recliner in the living room and woke to find her infant not breathing. Pocono Mountain Regional Police tried to revive the infant, who was blue and cold, when they arrived Wednesday about 4:30 a.m. Police said a review of the 911 call revealed that Lloyd admitted she killed the child and that she believed she fell asleep with the infant’s head under her arm.
Lloyd has an extensive arrest record, ranging from possession of marijuana, drunken driving, criminal mischief, tampering with evidence, retail theft, criminal mischief, theft, and receiving stolen property, police said in court papers.
The drug charges were filed following a search of 8108 Cherry Blossom Lane, Coolbaugh Township, where police said they found wax bags consistent with heroin use, a hypodermic needle and a digital scale. Lloyd also tested positive for marijuana, police said.