HAGERSTOWN, Md. - There are two candles for a two-month-old baby in front of the dark house where the infant lived on Scarlet Oak Drive in Hagerstown.
"When you're a mom, you have to be responsible. You can't just get drunk and have your child," said Kayla Snyder, who lives in Hagerstown.
"It sounds like a terrible, horrible accident. It doesn't sound like it was premeditated," Hagerstown resident Darren Andrews said.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office believes the death was negligent . Detectives say the baby's mother, 22-year-old Yadina Morales, got up to breastfeed before 10 p.m. Friday.
They say she passed out on top of the child.
"Ms. Morales was intoxicated and very incoherent at the time that deputies got out there," said DFC Carly Hose, Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.
Detectives say another adult in the house found her and the unresponsive baby. Both were taken to the hospital. The baby was pronounced dead; the mother was later arrested. But Morales was out on a $100,000 bond a day later.
"I can't believe they allowed her out of jail completely at all. She should sit and wait for trial," Snyder said.
Detectives say Morales is a mother of three, including her deceased baby.
"Child Protective Services has stepped in to handle the placement in dealing with the other two children," Hose said.
It is the youngest who got wrapped up in a sad story.
"When you're a mother, you really have to put your children first," Snyder said.
"I've lost a daughter, and I couldn't imagine that. Not a baby," Andrews said.
The autopsy on the baby is complete, but the results have not been made available. Morales faces several charges, including manslaughter and second-degree child abuse.
A trial date has not been scheduled.
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