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Butte fugitive Nickerson arrested in Maine

Charged for the death of her baby girl
Posted at 2:42 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 20:24:25-05

Audria Shannon Nickerson of Butte was arrested in Maine over the weekend. Nickerson is facing a charge of felony negligent homicide for the September 25th death of her five-month old daughter.

A warrant was issued for Nickerson’s arrest on $250,000 bond in Butte Justice Court on Thursday morning.

She was taken into custody in Maine on Saturday; she is being held without bail pending extradition back to Montana. We do not yet know the circumstances of her arrest in Maine.



Toxicology tests found methamphetamine in Nickerson’s system at the time of her baby's death.

Nickerson had been questioned by police after she was found in her parked vehicle with her dead daughter on the morning of September 25, 2019. The mother and child were found in a car that was parked at the intersection of Alaska and Granite Street. The incident began about 8:40 a.m when police officers noticed a car parked in an area less than a block from the police station The car's engine was running, and the car doors were locked.

Butte Sheriff Ed Lester said at the time that officers “...attempted to wake the female up and as they did that it appeared she was lying partially on an infant who was also in the vehicle. At that point they decided to break a window out of the passenger side of the vehicle and when they got to the infant, the infant was not breathing and had no pulse,” said Butte Sheriff Ed Lester.

We will update you when we get more information.



(SEPTEMBER 26, 2019) A 30-year-old Butte woman is being questioned by police after she was found in her parked car with her dead 5-month old daughter Wednesday morning.

Police say there are a lot of unanswered questions about this very tragic incident. The incident began at about 8:40 a.m. when police officers noticed the car parked in an area less than a block from the police station The car's engine was running, and the car doors were locked.

“They attempted to wake the female up and as they did that it appeared she was laying partially on an infant who was also in the vehicle. At that point they decided to break a window out of the passenger side of the vehicle and when they got to the infant, the infant was not breathing and had no pulse,” said Butte Sheriff Ed Lester.

Police also found the mother’s son sleeping in the backseat. Now the 2 or 3-year old child is fine and in the custody of Child & Family Services.

“As far as the whole circumstances, as far as why she was there, how she came to be there, and how long she’d been there, at this point, we’re not sure and that’s something we’ll be working on over the next couple of days,” said Lester.

The mother, whose name has not yet been released, is still being questioned by police as of Wednesday afternoon and no charges have been filed yet in this very tragic incident, which the Sheriff said has been difficult for officers involved.

“You know there’s a little bit of a cloud over the department today because of this incident, everybody’s disappointed and especially those officers who did CPR, they’re a little distraught there were unable to save the child and that’s understandable,” said Lester.

The woman and her children are Butte residents.

An autopsy will be performed on the infant to determine the cause and manner of death.