Houston Co. baby dies from mother's alleged drug abuse

Houston Co. infant dies, alleged drug abuse

For the second time in a month, authorities are investigating whether a Central Georgia infant died due to its mother's drug abuse and one foster mother is seeking justice. 

Most parents look forward to the day they can bring their newborn child home from the hospital, but foster and adoption mom Jami Mullis never got the chance. 

Thomas Edward Maddox, nicknamed Baby Brax, died two weeks ago, just 12 days after he was born.

Mullis planned to adopt him from a Houston County woman, Jennifer Maddox, whom she adopted her baby girl from three years ago.

Houston County Coroner Danny Galpin says he suspects Baby Brax died as a result of his mother's drug abuse.

If so, Brax would be at least the second drug-related infant death in Central Georgia in less than a month. 

"I feel like there has not been a voice for these children to say this has to stop," said Mullis. 

In August, a McIntyre woman, Tomalyn Johnson, was charged with felony murder after her newborn tested positive for meth and opiates before passing away. 

"It's not just these kids, it's kids all over that are being born addicted to these drugs and something has to change," said Mullis. 

Mullis says she's heartbroken over Baby Brax's death, and she doesn't want other women to experience the tragic feeling.

"These babies are dying because of the drugs… its not just hurting them temporarily, they don't just get medicine and get better, these babies are really dying and the ones that don't die are really suffering lifelong effects," said Mullis. 

At this point, the baby's biological mother, Jennifer Maddox, has not been charged in this case.

Cpt. Randall Banks with the Houston County Sheriff's Office says this case remains under investigation.

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