BOAZ, Ala. (WHNT) – A Marshall County woman is charged with chemical endangerment of a child. Cassie Davis’ newborn died this week after police say Davis admitted to officers she had been using meth before giving birth.
Boaz Police and Fire were called to a home on Dundee Road in reference to an unresponsive child. Boaz Police Chief Scott Farish says Davis had just given birth to the child moments before.
Police say Davis admitted to officers at the scene that she had been using methamphetamines before giving birth. Both Davis and the newborn child were rushed by ambulance to Marshall Medical Center South. The baby was pronounced dead. The child’s body will be taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.
Chief Farish says Davis was released from the hospital and then arrested. “Investigators were able to get warrants for chemical endangerment of a child, and got a bond set for one million dollars, and she was taken to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office where she remains,” Chief Farish says.
Chief Farish says law enforcement takes charges like this very seriously. Chemical endangerment is a Class C felony charge, but he says in Davis’ case it could become even more serious. “If, you know, under the circumstances the child died due to methamphetamines, the mother using methamphetamines, it can be upgraded to a class A felony.”
This case is still under investigation.