Mother arrested after infant tests positive for marijuana
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A 24-year-old Athens woman faces multiple drug charges, one of them stemming from allegedly exposing her young child to drugs.
In late March, Limestone County deputies walked inside a home on Andrews Street to serve a warrant on 24-year-old Thomas Kanieski.
“When they entered the residence to serve the warrant, they observed marijuana and other paraphernalia there,” explained Stephen Young with the LCSO.
Authorities say the drugs were in plain view. Also in the home were Rocio Labra and her infant child. Labra and Kanieski were charged with drug possession.
“The child was placed with a family member and DHR (Department of Human Resources) came in and tested the infant for the presence of drugs, marijuana and others,” said Young.
The infant tested positive for marijuana. A drug test on Labra found the presence of marijuana on her as well.
DHR reached out to investigators, who then charged the young mom with chemical endangerment.
“The baby testing positive for marijuana doesn’t necessarily mean he got the infant to smoke the marijuana,” explained Young. “Especially with an infant and their low body weight, they can be more affected by marijuana smoke than, say, an adult.”
Labra was released on $12,000 bond.