Wis. mom kills infant daughter with methadone-laced formula, gets year in prison


A 27-year-old Wisconsin mother will spend a year in prison after she killed her 3-month-old daughter with methadone-laced formula.

Andrea Zalewski's daughter, Lola Lieb, died in October. It isn't clear why she laced the formula, but Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey A. Conen said he believes Zalewski thought the drug would calm her baby. Zalewski was fighting an addiction to methadone when she gave birth to her daughter, who was also born addicted to the drug.

She pleaded guilty in June to the crime, which was punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Not only was Zalewski a real winner of a mother when she killed her baby, she apparently thought she could continue being a good mother after the crime. The judge said he learned she had become pregnant again while the case was pending, but she had ended that pregnancy. She already has a 7-year-old son.

Family members said Zalewski had a number of problems and had struggled with "anorexia, depression, fibromyalgia, stunted maturity, addictions, and other psychological problems."