The parents of a new mother found dead in a Rolla hospital say she did not intentionally overdose on prescription pain medicine. Stephanie Maylee’s parents say the 25-year-old struggled with pain from Scoliosis and a C-section.
Maylee's parents, Doug and Nancy Lewis, say they filed for emergency guardianship of her son, Blake Mathew. They say they still have many unanswered questions about their daughter’s death. They say she died just two days after giving birth at the Phelps County Regional Medical Center. Maylee’s parents now visit their first grandson in the hospital. “It was the first time he ever cried,” Nancy Lewis said. “She never did hear him cry.”
Doctor's kept the baby for observation. Her parents say because Maylee is a smoker, she asked to be released from the hospital early. She would come back to visit her son. “Stephanie had taken a lot of medicine when she was pregnant with him,” Doug Lewis said. “When she had the baby he had drugs in his system too.” Maylee's parents say she took prescription drugs to cope with pain from Scoliosis, a strained back and the C-section. “She had Scoliosis real bad. That's why she hurt constantly,“ Doug Lewis said. “She is always trying to get pain medicine for it. She would always say ‘dad but I hurt so bad.’” According to the family, Blake Mathew is doing well and could be released from the hospital soon.
Maylee's dad says doctor's prescribed 26 Percocet pills. When she died two days later, he said she had six left. The grieving grandparents are convinced Maylee did not overdose on purpose. “No, no she would never,” Nancy Lewis said. “She wanted that baby so bad and she loved him.”
“She did not commit suicide,“ Doug Lewis said. They are waiting for toxicology results to hopefully find more answers. “I want to see the truth come out, find out what really happened to her,“ Nancy Lewis said. “We have a baby when he grows up, we got to tell him what happened to his mom. Hopefully when he grows up he'll know that his mommy loved him and wanted him and I'm going to make sure he does.”
A Rolla Police detective says officers do not expect foul play. They are calling this an open investigation and are reviewing hospital surveillance video. The detective also interviewed one woman who visited Maylee the night before she was found dead in a hospitality room of the hospital.
Toxicology results could take up to eight weeks. A memorial fund has been set up in Stephanie Maylee's name at Town and Country Bank. Visitation for the public will be held this Sunday at the James and Gahr Funeral Home from 11 to noon. The funeral will follow at Mount Zion in Vida, Missouri.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times