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Minn. mom who fell asleep on infant son charged in his death

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(CBS) COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. - A woman who allegedly got drunk and then fell asleep on her infant son has been charged in his asphyxiation death, reports the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

Toni Annette Medrano, 29, was charged with two counts of second-degree manslaughter for "culpable negligence creating unreasonable risk," and a count of second-degree manslaughter for "committing or attempting to commit a violation," reports the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Authorities say that on the night of November 21, 2011, Medrano drank almost an entire fifth of vodka, then fell asleep on her sofa, with three-week-old Adrian between her and the back cushion, according to the Pioneer Press.

Medrano reportedly told police that she woke up at about 3 a.m. and fed the baby formula. The Pioneer Press reports that she woke up several other times that morning as her other children were getting ready for school but did not leave the couch.

According to the newspaper, Medrano got up at 10:30 and realized the baby was cold and purple, and then her husband called 911 and tried to revive the boy. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Medrano's blood alcohol was 0.11 when she was tested at 11:04 a.m. on Nov. 22, reports the Pioneer Press.

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