Stateline mom charged with homicide in baby’s methadone overdose

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

A stateline woman has been charged in the death of her 13-month-old daughter after allegedly feeding the child methadone last December.

According to police, Tallie Strommen, 23, of Beloit, Wis., has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 13-month-old K’myah Strommen.

The case unfolded last Dec. 26, when officers responded to a report of a possible dead child inside a Janesville, Wis., apartment. When officers arrived at the residence, they discovered the baby dead.

A cause of death was not immediately known. An autopsy and toxicology reports were finished Wednesday, Feb. 5. Toxicology tests showed the baby died of a methadone overdose.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, Tallie Strommen was quested by detectives and admitted to giving the child a portion of a methadone pill. Although a motive is not known, police say Strommen may have given the infant methadone to calm her down. According to Janesville Police Lt. Keith Lawver, Strommen did not have a prescription for the drug.

Methadone is a synthetic opiate used to treat heroin and other addictions. It is not known if Strommen has a drug problem, police said.

Strommen had been staying with a friend in Beloit since her daughter’s death. She is currently lodged in the Rock County Jail awaiting a court date. Her other two children are in protective custody.

In Wisconsin, first-degree reckless homicide involving a controlled substance can be prosecuted as a Class C felony, punishable by up to 40 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000.

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