NC Mom charged in toddler’s death tests positive for drugs says warrant

Jamie Lyn Basinger (credit: Burke Co. Sheriff's office)
Jamie Lyn Basinger (credit: Burke Co. Sheriff's office)

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) – Authorities in North Carolina say the mother of a 3-year-old boy found dead on a porch is facing charges in his death.

The Burke County Sheriff’s Office said 23-year-old Jamie Lyn Basinger was indicted by a grand jury on Monday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and felony child abuse.

The boy’s name is Landyn Michael Melton, according to WBTV.

She’s jailed on a $100,000 bond.

A warrant says the mom tested positive for drugs and pills, paraphernalia and syringes were found, according to WBTV.

The sheriff’s office said a motorist called 911 on March 15, saying a child appeared to be lying on the porch of a home in Morganton, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northwest of Charlotte.

Deputies who found Landyn Michael Melton’s body said the home’s front door was open when they arrived. Sheriff Steve Whisenant said Basinger and her boyfriend were asleep in the house when officers arrived.

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