Mom in baby death case arrested in Everett Walmart for drugs

EVERETT — Police officers on Thursday arrested the mother of a 3-month-old girl whose death remains under investigation.

Walmart security officers called police around 9:30 p.m. after spotting Jerrica Schreib and Donald Coons near the sporting goods section. Schreib, 19, is banned for life from entering Walmart, according to a police affidavit filed Friday.

People often are trespassed from stores if they’ve shoplifted from the businesses in the past.

Everett police arrested Schreib for investigation of trespassing. Officers searched her purse and allegedly found a plastic bag containing a white crystal substance. Schreib reportedly told police it was methamphetamine.

Officers also found a meth pipe inside of Schreib’s purse, according to court records.

Schreib was booked into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of drug possession.

Coons, 42, was allowed to leave the store.

He had been scheduled to plead guilty Thursday afternoon to a 2015 drug charge. The hearing was rescheduled, according to court records. Prosecutors allege that Coons was found with meth and heroin in a car he was driving in November 2014.

Schreib made a brief appearance Friday in Everett District Court. A judge ordered her released without imposing bail. He was told that Schreib is living in Mountlake Terrace, although the teen didn’t know the address at Friday’s hearing. She agreed to call the prosecutor’s office with the information. The judge ordered her to stay away from drugs.

Schreib and Coons remain under investigation in connection with the Dec. 20 death of Madilynn Schreib.

Jerrica Schreib called 911 after her daughter, Madilynn, became unresponsive inside the Everett motel room she was sharing with Coons and his three daughters.

Doctors found multiple injuries to Madilynn, including a black eye, a deep gash to her chin and a broken arm. Nearly all of the girl’s ribs had been broken and were in various stages of healing.

Madilynn was removed from life support Dec. 20.

The medical examiner concluded that the baby died from pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, a complication from serious infection. He also concluded that Madilynn suffered non-accidental trauma and tested positive for methamphetamine.

Her death was ruled a homicide.

Everett police detectives continue to investigate the circumstances around her death and injuries. No charges have been filed.

Child Protective Services conducted its own investigation into allegations of abuse and neglect. Social workers determined the allegations were founded. Under the law, the threshold for a finding of abuse or neglect is lower in CPS investigations than criminal prosecutions.

Diana Hefley: 425-339-3463; hefley@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @dianahefley.

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