Midland woman arrested on criminally
negligent homicide charge after death of two-year-old child
According to the Medical Examiner's report, the cause of
death for the child was hyperthermia and the manner of the death
was an accident.
MIDLAND, Texas — Thirty-four-year-old
Amanda Nicole Ward has been arrested following the death of her
Ward has been charged with
criminally negligent homicide. The incident occurred back in
March of 2023.
According to the affidavit, Midland
County Sheriff's Deputies were called to the home of Ward on
March 23, 2023 in reference to a two-year-old child not
breathing and unresponsive. Midland Volunteer Fire Department
and EMS also arrived on the scene to help and determined the
child to be deceased soon after arriving.
one of the volunteer firefighters, Ward said that she took a
nap, woke up and noticed her son was missing. After looking
through the residence, she got in her vehicle where she found
her child unresponsive on the floorboard. Ward attempted to
perform CPR on the child until the child went into the
possession of the firefighter who said the child's body felt
The firefighter also observed Ward
throughout the situation and said she was not very emotional and
seemed to be clearly under the influence.
On March 24, a
pair of investigators took Ward from her mother's residence to a
location to get a blood sample. Ward admitted that the test
would come back positive for meth as she had ingested some
earlier. The blood samples were then sent over to the Texas
Department of Public Safety Laboratory for testing.
June 28, a medical examiner's report came back from the
Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences at Dallas, which
stated the cause of death was hyperthermia with a contributing
factor of bronchiolitis. The manner of death was an accident.
Then, on July 12, the lab results from the blood testing of Ward
did show Amphetamine and Methamphetamine in her system.
Ward was arrested and booked into the Midland County Jail on
Aug. 4. As of Aug. 14, Ward is no longer a current detainee with
the Midland County Jail.
We will continue to update this
story as we receive more information.
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