A 3-year-old Michigan girl is dead and her night nurse has been charged with second-degree murder after showing up to work high on meth, according to police.
Judith Sobol, 42, was in charge of the girl’s care. She required the use of a breathing tube and faced other medical conditions that needed to be monitored overnight. The nurse has now been charged with second-degree murder and possession of methamphetamine following the child’s death.
Monday around 2:30 am, police responded to a call from the girl’s parents saying their daughter wasn’t breathing. When they arrived, the girl’s father was performing CPR and police say they “found the woman hired to monitor the child that night in no state to help out.”
The child’s breathing tube was missing and was only later discovered tangled in the girl’s hair at the hospital. Sobol argued the tube may have come disconnected while she was cleaning and she “probably passed out or fell asleep” without replacing it.
“After the investigation was completed, we determined that she was high on methamphetamines and should not have been in the care of that child,” Coloma Township Police Chief Wes Smigielski said.
The probable cause document indicated that Sobol told police she had shot up meth that day before work and that she had been using it for four days straight prior to the incident. Meth and two pipes were found in Sobol’s purse, police say.
Sobol admitted she was “not in the right state of mind to be at work and should have never come to work at all” and that she “killed the little girl as a result of her actions.”
“There will be a thorough investigation into what her role was at the company and what she did and her licensing and everything else,” Smigielski said.
Sobol is being held on a $500,000 bond and her next hearing is set for next week.