BY BRADEN CARTWRIGHT
Daily Post Staff Writer
A baby was stillborn at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto because his mother was using meth, according to an autopsy report from the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.
The mother won’t be charged with a crime, according to Sean Webby, a spokesman for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office.
“Our office is not involved in investigations or prosecutions related to stillborn deaths,” he said. “These are terrible tragedies, but not ones that we investigate or prosecute.”
Anthony Lawrence Pacheco Jr. was stillborn on May 6. He was 31 weeks along, according to the autopsy report.
Pacheco’s mother’s name wasn’t included in the autopsy report. His father, who has the same name, has a criminal history going back to 2005 in Santa Clara County. Most recently, he was arrested last year for stealing people’s personal information, like their mail or checks, and possessing ammunition as a convicted felon, according to the DA’s office.
Court records indicate the father lives in San Jose.
Pachecho’s body was the same size as other fetuses at a similar age, except his brain was underdeveloped, according to the autopsy report.
The mother had a history of meth use and tested positive at the hospital, according to the autopsy report.
Palo Alto police didn’t investigate the case, Lt. Con Maloney said.
Pacheco’s liver tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine, a chemical that forms when methamphetamine is metabolized, according to the autopsy report.
“High doses of methamphetamine can elicit restlessness, confusion, hallucinations, circulatory collapse and convictions,” forensic toxicologist Brianna Peterson said.
Assistant Medical Examiner Carolin Bocking ruled the death an accident.