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Mothers of drug addicted babies jailed

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Mothers of drug addicted babies are being held accountable in Calhoun and Cleburne counties. Since June, the District Attorney's Office for the counties has charged 3 mothers whose infants tested positive for illegal drugs.

The accused drug users are charged with chemical endangerment to a child-- a class c felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The new approach comes after a drug court incident earlier this year. A mother's newborn tested positive for meth.  The prosecutor and judges conferred, and confirmed a parent could be charged with felony if a newborn infant tested positive for drugs.

The District Attorney's Office says while the State Supreme Court has cleared the prosecution strategy, it is possible it could be challenged in the U.S. Supreme Court.

So far, fewer than a dozen counties in the state charge mothers for giving birth to babies with drugs in their system

 

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