Family Heartbroken After Baby's Blood Test Reveal Grandmother's Dark Secret

Hayden and Taylor Shaw suffered the tragic loss of their only child, 9-month-old Kobe, this spring. Kobe had an undeveloped brain. Medical experts said he would likely have died by age five.

In fact, they believed that was why Kobe died suddenly late at night.

The couple was with Taylor’s mother, Tonya Monroe, at her apartment in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

“She [Tonya] had walked in," Taylor said, "she walked over to his crib and she said, 'He's blue, Taylor, he's blue!' So I automatically jumped out of bed, ran over... and I looked down and automatically ran away, screaming and crying, 'No!'"

They could not revive the baby.

“At first the investigation did not reveal anything out of the ordinary,” said Sandy Spring Police Captain Mike Lindstrom; everyone assumed Kobe's death was connected to his medical condition.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner ran routine tests on Kobe, not expecting to find anything unusual, but the “toxicology results came back positive for methamphetamine,” he noted. “Something that should not have been in a 9-month-old child.” Lindstrom also pointed out Kobe's cause of death was an overdose of methamphetamines.

Tonya Monroe has a long history of meth arrests.

Taylor says she was brought up by her grandmother. Taylor and Hayden had wanted to believe that her mother was clean so she could be a part of Kobe's life as much as possible.

Police say it seems probable that Monroe, for an unknown reason, intentionally gave Kobe enough meth to kill him.

Source: 11 Alive
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