After newborn girl dies from fentanyl-tainted breast milk, Kenner mom booked with murder: JPSO | Crime/Police

For the second time in less than a decade, a Kenner woman has been arrested in connection with a drug-related death, this time booked with second-degree murder after authorities said she consumed the opioid fentanyl and breastfed her newborn baby. 

Lana Cristina, 28, was arrested Wednesday, according to Capt. Jason Rivarde, a Sheriff’s Office spokesperson. 

Authorities have not identified Cristina’s daughter, who was 4 days old when she died. 

Lana Cristina was arrested and booked with second-degree murder in the death of her newborn baby.

Cristina pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the 2013 overdose-death of a friend, Amber Hollis, 23. Cristina was sentenced to five years in prison for supplying the heroin that killed Hollis, according to Jefferson Parish court records.

On June 10, Cristina was staying at a hotel in the 1100 block of Manhattan Boulevard in Harvey when she called 911 about 3:40 a.m. to report that her baby was not breathing, Rivarde said.

The child was taken to the hospital but pronounced dead later that morning. 

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During an autopsy, the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office determined the baby died of acute fentanyl toxicity, Rivarde said. 

Fentanyl is an oft-abused pain-management drug that is much more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.

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Cristina admitted taking the drug before breastfeeding her baby, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators obtained a warrant for her arrest after the results of the toxicology tests were revealed. 

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Fentanyl-related deaths continue to make a scary climb in Jefferson Parish, according to the Coroner’s Office. In 2020, there were 179 fatal overdoses linked to the lethal opioid.

In just the first three months of 2021, the Coroner’s Office handled 80 fentanyl-related deaths, putting the parish on track to double last year’s numbers, according to officials. 

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The death of Cristina’s newborn is tragically similar to two recent deaths of babies whose mothers allegedly consumed illegal drugs before breastfeeding. 

Brandi Froeba, 38, of Kenner, was sentenced to 25 years in prison on July 22 after she pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the death of her 6-week-old daughter, Daisy. The baby died Aug. 16, 2018, of methamphetamine and amphetamine toxicity, court records said. 

Autumn Blansett, 32, of Marrero, was arrested and booked with second-degree murder after her 3-month-old daughter, Maddalynn, died Nov. 1, 2020. An autopsy revealed the infant’s cause of death was methamphetamine toxicity, authorities said. Blansett has not been formally charged. 

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Cristina was being held without bond Thursday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. 

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