Sacto 9-1-1
July 26, 2013
Infant's death, drug paraphernalia lead to Marysville woman's arrest

A Marysville woman has been arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment after Yuba County sheriff's deputies reported finding drug paraphernalia in a motel room where an infant died.

Deputies responded Wednesday to motel in the 800 block of North Beale Road in the East Linda area to investigate the death of an 11-day-old girl. In searching the motel room where the death occurred, they found several items of drug paraphernalia, including hypodermic syringes, plastic baggies, scales and other items consistent with narcotics sales, according to a Sheriff's Department news release.

They also reported finding an uncapped hypodermic syringe and needle containing a liquid suspected of being heroin. Authorities said the syringe was found close to the ground, within easy reach of a 5-year-old boy who also had been living in the motel room for several days prior to the infant's death.

The mother of the children, Jennifer Marie Sierra, 27, was arrested Wednesday on outstanding warrants and the child endangerment allegations were added Thursday.

Sheriff's officials said an autopsy has been conducted on the infant to determine the cause of death. Results of the autopsy are pending additional medical analysis.

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