Newborn, Mom Found Lifeless in Brooklyn Bed, Days After C-Section

Her family said she was prescribed painkillers for pain after a C-section, but they had been making her feel drowsy

By Shimon Prokupecz
|  Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 11:57 AM EDT
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A woman who had complained of feeling too drowsy from painkillers prescribed after a C-section 11 days ago was found dead in her bed, with her lifeless newborn son underneath her at their Brooklyn home Thursday, her family and police said. Rob Schmitt reports.

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A woman who had complained of feeling too drowsy from painkillers prescribed after a C-section 11 days ago was found dead in her bed, with her lifeless newborn son underneath her at their Brooklyn home Thursday, her family and police said. Rob Schmitt reports.

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A woman who had complained of feeling too drowsy from painkillers prescribed after a C-section 11 days ago was found dead in her bed, with her lifeless newborn son underneath her at their Brooklyn home Thursday, her family and police said. 

Marjorie Lyons' father, Douglas Lyons, told reporters outside her Crown Heights home that her brother found her 6-year-old twins still at home at about 10 a.m., when they were supposed to be at school.

When he went to investigate, he found her dead in her bed, on top of the lifeless baby boy. 

"He rolled her over off the baby and then he realized that she was cold and the baby was turning purple, so he ran outside to try to get 911," Lyons said.

Police said the baby was unconscious but alive when the ambulance arrived; he was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

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Lyons said his daughter had come home from the hospital after giving birth to her son but had recently returned because of a persistent fever and pain from the C-section. She was prescribed oxycodone, but had been complaining that it was making her feel sleepy.

"It helped to kill the pain but it was making her too drowsy," Lyons said.

A bottle of oxycodone was found in the room, one law enforcement official told NBC 4 New York.

The medical examiner is investigating. 

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