Her mother, Kim Troup, had custody of the child but was not home at the time. Despite being ordered not to have unsupervised contact with the infant, Lalonie Troup took him from his bed in her mother's room and put him in bed with her, placing him face-down surrounded by blankets and pillows, the release said. That led to his death from asphyxiation.
Isaza said Troup had received instructions from DFCS about the proper way a baby should sleep.
“I can’t even believe I’m here watching my daughter. I can’t even fathom,” Kim Troup testified in court Wednesday.
Troup also pleaded guilty to cruelty to children in the second degree, three counts of heroin possession and reckless conduct.
The cruelty charge stemmed from Troup’s heroin use while pregnant, which resulted in the child being born drug addicted at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in July 2017, according to Isaza.
Troup’s mother was awarded custody in November 2017 after Lalonie Troup was found unconscious behind the wheel of her car at The Battery with the child in the backseat, the release said. She was arrested on heroin possession charges, and the infant was placed into protective custody.
“Zion had many people advocating for him from the time of his birth until the time of his death. Safeguards and orders were put in place to keep him safe, but Ms. Troup ignored them,” Assistant DA Katie Gropper said in the release. “This case is every child advocate’s worst nightmare and a heartbreaking example of the trail of destruction a heroin addict can cause.”
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A deadly pedestrian crash involving at least 10 vehicles has shut down Interstate 20 in Atlanta.