JPSO arrests Kenner woman accused of causing newborn’s drug overdose

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Sheriff Joseph Lopinto reports the arrest of Lana Cristina, 28, of Kenner, on charges of Second Degree Murder.

HARVEY, La. (WGNO) — According to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Lana Cristina of Kenner, has been charged with Second Degree Murder.

On June 10, 2021, around 3:40 a.m., Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a medical incident at a hotel in the 1100 block of Manhattan Boulevard in Harvey.

Lana Cristina made the call after finding her 4-day-old baby not breathing.

The baby was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police investigated the incident and took an autopsy and toxicology.

According to investigators, the toxicology reports were recently returned that led to the determination that the victim’s cause of death was acute fentanyl toxicity.

Cristina admitted during an interview that she used narcotics prior to breastfeeding the child.

A warrant was obtained for Cristina’s arrest and she was subsequently booked late yesterday at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center. 

This is not Cristina’s first run-in with the law or drugs. In 2013, Lana Cristina pleaded guilty to negligent homicide in the overdose death of 23-year-old Amber Hollis.

According to police records, Cristina was sentenced to five years in prison for supplying the heroin that killed Hollis.

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