GADSDEN, Ala. (WHNT) The Etowah County Sheriff, District Attorney and the county DHR director announced a crackdown on mothers who endanger their unborn children. In a joint news conference Monday the three said around 50 babies are born each year in the county addicted to drugs.
Sheriff Todd Entrekin says his office is going to get tough on those mothers.
“I’m taking a firm line. I’m drawing a line in the sand,” he said. “If they are born with drugs in their system, she’s going to jail.”
DHR Director Teresa Sauls says many of the mothers want to care for their babies but can’t because of the drugs.
“I think in most cases they do have a dependency or an addiction and it may actually interfere with their ability to care,” she says. “I think most do care, but they are just not in a place where they are able to provide and protect their child.”