Freeport mother charged after autopsy confirms 20-month-old son died of synthetic marijuana

FREEPORT, Texas — A months-long investigation has resulted in the charging of a local mother after autopsy results revealed her 20-month-old son died from ingesting or inhaling synthetic marijuana, the Freeport Police Department confirmed.

Kaysie Lynn Broaddus, 23, is charged with injury to a child following an investigation that started nearly eight months ago.

Police found the infant unresponsive while responding to a residence in the 700 block of N. Avenue B on Oct. 2. The officers tried to save the boy's life by administering CPR until paramedics arrived.

However, the victim was eventually taken to St. Luke's Memorial Hospital in Lake Jackson where he was pronounced dead.

At the time, detectives also interviewed Broaddus, who allegedly showed several signs of being high on some type of drug.

Court records show Kaysie Lynn Broaddus, 23, has a history of criminal activity as shown in mugshots from previous. The image on the far right being the most recent.
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During the investigation, police found synthetic marijuana inside the home that matched the drug found during the child's autopsy.

For reasons undisclosed, Broaddus was only recently charged in connection to the case.

Court records show Broaddus has a history of criminal activity including several theft charges, drug possession and public intoxication.

Broaddus, who was already an inmate at the Brazoria County Jail due to unrelated drug charges, has been given a $100,000 bond for the child injury offense.