Jessica Ann Barlow Miner
Here’s a nice little something I’ve never heard of before.
How many of us have heard of parents who rub a little whiskey or brandy on their baby’s gums to ease the pain of teething, or even used that old home remedy themselves?
Quite a few I’d guess.
Now, taking it to the next level, how many of us have heard of people who slip their kid a little booze to help them get to sleep when they’re cranky or uncooperative? Not so many, but it’s still not that big a deal to some parents.
This is 26-year-old Jessica Ann Barlow Miner.
Back in 2007, Jessica Miner was living with her boyfriend and eventual husband, John Miner and their six-month-old son Mason Miner in an apartment near Tunkhannock in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. Their neighbors said Mason was an extremely cute baby, but Jessica’s mother-in-law from a previous marriage said she had shared with her that she was having a difficult time raising Mason.
Jessica Minor apparently had a problem with alcohol too, and had been staying sober for an unknown length of time. However, her ex-mother-in-law said Miner had confided in her that she has recently started drinking again.
According investigators, township police were called to Jessica’s apartment, where the baby was discovered dead. When she was interviewed a short time later, Jessica told police she gave the baby liquid acetaminophen the day before.
Miner told police she nursed the baby once during the night, and he was fine at the time.
The next morning, she told police she checked Mason and found he was congested and his lips were blue. She said she called 911, and a neighbor did CPR.
She also told police she called the baby’s father and told him the baby wasn’t breathing.
At first, police believed Jessica, but slowly they discovered that things she told them weren’t adding up. Eventually a coroner inquest was convened to determine the real cause of Mason’s death.
Lab results showed the child’s blood alcohol content was .205 and that the child had the equivalent of a can of beer, a glass of wine or a shot of liquor.
Babies can’t hold their liquor like they used to.
Those results even surprised lab technicians. “That’s why they tested it twice themselves and sent it out just to another lab just to confirm the results,” said District Attorney George Skumanick. “It basically creates a toxic shock for the baby and basically shuts down the functioning organs and respiratory system,” Skumanick added.
After a year-long investigation, Jessica Ann Barlow Miner was charged with involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering the life of another person and endangering the welfare of a child. To view Jessica’s court records, click here.
The prosecution believes that Jessica fed Mason Miner alcohol because he wouldn’t stop crying. Mason isn’t crying anymore, that’s for damn sure.
The father, John Miner, was not charged because of lack of evidence.
Does Jessica Ann Barlow Miner Deserve Hell?
- Yes (84%, 460 Votes)
- No (16%, 88 Votes)
Total Voters: 548
56 Comments »