YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- A York County mother was charged in the February death of her newborn baby, who tested positive for numerous narcotics in his system.
On February 1, local emergency crews responded to a call on Fahleh Cove in Tega Cay in reference to a mother, Abigail Madden, who had given birth to a baby at her home and was in need of medical attention. Her newborn son, Connor, died later that day at a hospital.
Following Connor's death, Tega Cay Police began an investigation to figure out the cause of the newborn's death. Officials later determined the newborn died from a combination of blood loss and narcotics. Connor tested positive for Alprazolam, Morphine, Oxymorphone, Naloxone, Norbuprenorphine and Buprenorphine, according to Tega Cay Police.
Further investigations revealed Abigail used illegal narcotics in her 2-year-old daughter's presence on multiple occasions and provided her with unsafe living conditions. Abigail's 2-year-old daughter was placed into emergency custody and turned over to the DSS for proper care, police said.
Abigail Madden was charged with homicide by child abuse and two counts of unlawful conduct toward a child.