A charge of negligent homicide has been filed against Audria Shannon Nickerson, 30, in the death of her five-month-old daughter, who was found dead in a car with Nickerson near the Butte-Silver Bow Police Department in the 209 block of Alaska on the morning of Sept. 25.
Nickerson’s whereabouts are unknown, according to Butte-Silver Bow Undersheriff George Skuletich. An arrest warrant with a bond amount of $250,000 has been issued and distributed nationwide, he said.
According to a release from the Butte-Silver Bow Police Department, methamphetamine was found in Nickerson’s system. The child died of suffocation, autopsy results showed. Nickerson was found slumped over the infant. Her 1-year-old son was found in the back seat. He has been turned over to Child Protective Services.
Nickerson’s as found lying on the child. The official cause of death is compression asphyxiation.
Skuletich said Nickerson was apparently in the “down cycle” of methamphetamine usage at the time she was found.
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At the time of the incident it was reported that Nickerson was preparing to move to Maine, although Skuletich said he is unsure if that happened.
Nickerson and her children were found in the early morning hours on Sept. 25. Offers saw her slumped over in her vehicle and broke the vehicle’s window after being unable to wake her.
Skuletich said the charges are the result of an “intensive investigation.”
This story will be updated.