UPDATED at 1:52 p.m.
Pierce County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old woman in connection with the death of her infant son earlier this month.
Prosecutors charged Jamie McAdams with first-degree manslaughter today. She pleaded not guilty and was ordered held in lieu of $500,000 bail.
Lakewood police officers were called to McAdams’ home in the 5700 block of Hillcrest Drive Southwest about 4 a.m. Jan. 13 for a dead baby. Officers found 2-month-old Jeremiah McAdams dead in a car seat inside the home, Assistant Chief Mike Zaro said.
The mother told officers that her son had fallen asleep in his car seat. She too fell asleep.
The mother told officers that when she woke up, she found the car seat tipped over and her son dead, Zaro said.
“Her account of what happened and the scene and physical evidence didn’t match up,” Zaro said.
During a later interview, McAdams claimed her son had been crying after his 8 p.m. feeding. When she gave him a pacifier, he spit it out, charging documents state.
McAdams told investigators she put the pacifier back in his mouth and “used a blanket to partially cover his face to keep the pacifier in his mouth,” charging documents state.
“She tucked the blanket into the sides of the car seat so the pacifier would not come out,” charging documents state. “She stated she accidentally killed her baby.”
Lakewood detectives arrested McAdams on Thursday night.
Zaro said the investigation was still ongoing. He added that investigators were working with state social workers to review McAdams’ history.
Charging documents indicate McAdams had two other children taken away from her because of “safety concerns” after she’d assaulted them.