Mother Charged after Baby Tests Positive for Drugs; Sheriff Says Problem Too Common
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A newborn baby is undergoing treatment for illegal drugs, and the baby’s mother is facing chemical endangerment charges.
Twenty-year-old Ashley Renee Graham of Albertville delivered her baby on Sunday. Soon after that, Marshall County Sheriff Scott Walls says his deputies were called out to the hospital.
“The hospitals test anybody who’s coming in for the delivery of a child now, to make sure there’s no chemical problems involved,” Sheriff Walls says.
He says deputies arrested Graham when she was discharged.
This is the second time in about two months a mother has been charged with chemical endangerment after her baby was born. It’s also the third time this year.
Sheriff Walls says over the years, it’s happened far too often. He says they’ve even had repeat offenders.
“We’ve pursued this very vigorously here in Marshall County,” Sheriff Walls said. ”Of course, this was a law our local district attorney was instrumental in getting passed.”
Chemical endangerment is a felony charge and Graham is being held with a $300,000.
Deputies say as of Wednesday morning, the baby was listed in stable condition at an unnamed hospital, receiving specialized care.