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Mum charged with murder after “giving toddler crystal meth after child drank bottle of methadone”

Adalynne Russell
Adalynne Russell

A woman has been arrested and charged with the murder of her young daughter.

Police in Phoenix, Arizona, US, allege that 30-year-old Natalie Renee Russell killed her daughter Adalynne.

Russell has been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of child abuse.

Police arrive to Russell’s home on the 14th of April, responding to a child not breathing alert.

According to police, Russell initially said that a container of methadone had spilled and she thought her five-year-old son or daughter Adalynn could have consumed some of the medication.

Russell “recklessly left a 120 mg bottle of liquid methadone in reach of her children,” according to the police report.

The mother then allegedly changed her story, saying that her daughter may have consumed the methadone.

Natalie Renee Russell 

According to police, Russell "took no action to seek medical attention for the child."

Instead, police say she lay down with her daughter at around 1 a.m. and fell asleep.

Detectives later discovered that Russell had allegedly researched ‘methadone overdose information’ online.

According to police “Russell is alleged to have given the victim methamphetamines in an effort to counteract the ingestion of the methadone."

“A witness reported Natalie told her that she was going to get methamphetamines to counter the effects of the methadone. The same witness observed Natalie administer the methamphetamines into the child's rectum," according to the police report.

Autopsy results showed Adalynn had toxic levels of methadone and methamphetamines in her system at the time of her death. The death has been ruled a homicide.

Russell was arrested on the 26th of July in the nearby town of Gilbert.