A mom died in her bed from pain medication she was taking while she was recovering from her C-section. And if that, in and of itself, isn't awful enough, the mom rolled over onto her infant who was next to her and smothered him to death. Marjorie Lyons' twin 6-year-old girls reportedly found their mother and thought she was asleep. The girls ran downstairs to their uncle's apartment and said, "Mommy's asleep! We can't wake mommy!" He immediately ran upstairs and found his sister unresponsive, and Preston Warren Alexander, the 11-day-old baby, underneath her.
Lyons had been complaining about the lingering pain from her C-section, but she was concerned about how sleepy the medication made her. According to her father, "She said the medication (oxycodone) was making her too drowsy. That was her complaint. It subsided the pain, but it was making her very drowsy." Police are investigating the situation, and the Medical Examiner's Office are yet to determine the exact cause of death.
The twins now have learned what happened to their mother, but at first, no one was able to tell them. They kept asking for their mother, but none of Marjorie's relatives had the heart to break the news. Before they found out, Lyons' brother told reporters, "We just tell them that she’s sick. They keep coming back and saying, 'Why are we taking so long to take her to the doctor if Mommy is sick?' We’re just saying that we have to go through certain procedures first, but Mommy’ll soon go to the hospital."
Ugh. Could you imagine having to break this news to these poor girls? They have every right in the world to know, but how do you tell 6-year-olds that their mother passed away out of nowhere? And they must have been so excited to have a new baby brother -- now both he and their mom have been taken.
Thoughts and prayers go out to all of Marjorie's relatives, especially her daughters. This is tragedy in every sense of the word.
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