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UPDATE: Criminal complaint says Janesville mom gave methadone to baby to help baby sleep

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JANESVILLE, Wisconsin (WKOW) -- Bond has been set at $20-thousand cash in the case of a Beloit woman accused of killing her young daughter.

The criminal complaint against Tallie J. Strommen, 23, alleges she "bit off a piece" of a methadone tablet and gave it to her 13-month old daughter K'Myah.

Methadone is a prescription pain killer often abused by drug users, said Janesville Police Lt. Keith Lawver.

Lawver said Strommen initially gave no explanation for why she found her daughter dead on December 26, 2013 just before 9:30 a.m. She and her daughter spent the night at a friend's house, in Janesville, after that friend had picked the pair up from Strommen's mother's house in Beloit on Christmas night.

But a toxicology screening conducted on the girl as part of an autopsy came back February 4 showing that young K'Myah had died of a methadone overdose.

Police then interviewed Strommen on Tuesday, when the complaint alleges she confessed to giving her daughter the drug.

The criminal complaint claims Strommen fed K'Myah the methadone to help her go to sleep.

Strommen has two other children, who Lawver said have been taken into custody following her arrest.

As of Wednesday night, Strommen was still being held in the Rock County Jail.

UPDATE (WKOW) --- Tallie Strommen, 23, appeared in Rock County court today.   She is accused of killing her 13-month-old child after giving her a methadone pill.

In the criminal complaint, it states Strommen bit off a piece of a methadone pill and gave it to her child K'myah to help her sleep.

The judge ordered her to $20,000 cash bond and she is only allowed to have contact with her children while under supervision..

Strommen will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on February 21.

We will have more on this case on 27 News at 10.


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- The woman accused of killing her 13-month old child with a prescription drug pill will make an initial appearance this afternoon in Rock County court.

Police allege Tallie Strommen, 23, gave her young daughter a methadone pill. Police said they were called Strommen's Janesville apartment December 26 to find the young girl lifeless.

She was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

At the time, Strommen "had no explanation for what happened to the child," said Janesville Police Lt. Keith Lawver.

Lawver said an autopsy was performed on the child and, after toxicology results came back showing the cause of death to be a methadone overdose, police interviewed Strommen at length Tuesday.

Lawver said Strommen told police during the interview she had given her daughter a portion of a methadone pill. She was arrested and faces a charge of first degree reckless homicide.

Strommen has two other children, who Lawver said are now in protective custody. He did not know if the change would be permanent. Lawver said police do not get involved in custody cases.

He said Strommen did not give police a reason for giving the child the drug.

"We can speculate, but she never offered a conclusive motive," Lawver said.

Lawver said methadone is a prescription drug often used to treat pain. It's legal with a prescription, but Lawver said the drug is often abused on the streets. 


JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A 13-month old baby in Janesville dies after a drug overdose after police say the baby's mother gave the child a methadone pill.

According to the Janesville Police Department, officers responded to a death on December 26, 2013 on North Atwood Avenue in Janesville. Officers found 13-month old, K'myah Strommen dead.

An Autopsy was conducted and toxicology tests were finished on February 5. The toxicology tests shows the child died from an overdose of methadone.

Tallie Strommen, the child's mother, was questioned by police. During her questioning, she admitted to giving her child a portion of a methadone pill. She has been charged with first degree reckless homicide.

Strommen was arrested and is being held at the Rock County Jail.

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