KENNER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Michael J. Glaser
Chief of Police
500 Veterans Boulevard
FAX (504) 712-2209
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Michael Cunningham
Kenner mother arrested for death of her infant child
Froeba, 35, Kenner was arrested for Second Degree Murder related to the
death of her six-week-old child.
An autopsy revealed the infant, who was being breastfed by
Froeba, died of methamphetamine toxicity and the manner of death was
classified as a homicide.
August 16, 2018, Froeba called 911 to report her six-week-old child was
not breathing. Officers
arrived on scene and administered CPR in attempts to revive the child to
no avail. The child was
rushed to Ochsner-Kenner Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.
on scene did not observe anything unusual about the condition of the
child. However, they observed Froeba appeared lethargic giving the
enormity of the situation at hand and slurred her speech when speaking
on the officer’s observations, as part of the death investigation,
Froeba consented to a blood sample and admitted she used marijuana the
previous day. She stated earlier
that day she breastfed the infant and both she and the child fell
asleep. Awaking hours later
she discovered the child was not breathing and called 911.
following day an autopsy was performed in which preliminary blood
analysis showed the presence of methamphetamine in the infant.
Blood samples were sent out for further lab testing.
October 2018, Froeba’s blood analysis results were returned and tested
positive for presence of methamphetamine.
November 2018, the medical autopsy report was completed and the cause of
death was determined to be methamphetamine toxicity and classified as a
the months following the death being classified as a homicide Detective
Peter Foltz, the lead investigator, executed multiple search warrants
pertinent to medical records and interviewed a number of witnesses.
investigation revealed that in 2016, when she gave birth to her third
child, that child tested positive at birth for Opiates and THC
(marijuana). Froeba was
provided literature and counselled as to the dangers of using illicit
narcotics while pregnant and as to the dangers of breastfeeding while
using illicit narcotics.
Foltz also obtained text messages of Froeba’s referencing her use of
not been for the keen observations of the first officers on scene
critical blood evidence may not have been obtained early on in the
has prior arrests for Possession of Marijuana and Drug Paraphenalia.