The nurse, who came to work after a four-day meth high, was responsible for caring for the child, who later died on June 20
According to officials, a Michigan nurse has been charged with the murder of a 3-year-old girl who died in her care. Prison records show Judith Sobol, 42, is charged with second-degree murder and possession of methamphetamine.
According to police, the nurse, who came to work after a four-day meth high, was responsible for caring for the child, who later died on Monday, June 20. After Sobol arrived at her shift while still under the influence of the drug, she was charged with second-degree murder, according to the WNDU. Around 2:30 a.m., Coloma Police responded to calls that reported the toddler was unresponsive and had “turned blue.” When they arrived, police saw the toddler’s parents trying to revive the child, who had a number of medical problems and had lost his breathing tube. Sobol was also charged with losing the vital tube.
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The 42-year-old nurse was “inaudible and mumbling” when police spotted her near the child. According to police files, Sobol “shouldn’t have come to work at all” as she “wasn’t in the right frame of mind to be there.” According to Too Fab, the nurse said the breathing tube may have come loose while she was cleaning it and that she “probably passed out or fell asleep,” after which the child was taken to the hospital, where doctors discovered the breathing tube tangled in her hair .
Coloma Municipality Police Chief Wes Smigielski told LADbible, “Through an investigation, officers found this to be the registered nurse who was assigned to look after the child throughout the night. After the investigation was completed, we discovered that she was high on methamphetamine and should not have cared for that child.”
Police said they took a small container filled with meth and two whistles from Sobol’s purse. Sobol allegedly admitted to using meth four days in a row and getting high the day she was called into work to babysit. The police chief described how the harmful chemical is becoming more prevalent in the city of Michigan.
“Methamphetamine is getting worse here,” Smigielski told LADbible. “We do a lot of cases with it. This is the first time in my career – of this nature – that someone has used meth and done this type of act. Usually it’s a home thing or they’re in their own car, but they don’t take care of a 3-year-old.” Sobol’s next court date is Wednesday June 29 and she is now being held at the Berrien County Jail under one $500,000 bail.