8-Month Pregnant Woman, Baby’s Father Face Meth Charges

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FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. (WHNT) - A Lincoln County couple faces drug charges. Deputies accuse the man and woman of getting too close to meth. The woman is eight-months pregnant. Deputies also found four other surprises.

Most people know the results of using meth. Law enforcement representatives post warning signs for those who don't.

Lincoln County deputies think a woman eight-months pregnant and the baby’s father do not care.

The sheriff believes Tabitha Northrup and Jimmy Wayne Baker, Jr. not only smoked the drug, but also sold it.

“They did a combination of the two. They did have finished products and they did have the components to a meth lab,” said Sheriff Blackwelder.

Deputies charged both with four drug charges and four counts of child neglect.

Investigators know the couple already has four children. The investigation leaves the sheriff shaking his head.

“It’s one of the ones that pulls at your heartstrings the most for the simple fact these children don`t have a chance. Their parents have focused more on what the parents want than what the children need,” added Sheriff Blackwelder.

Sheriff Blackwelder revealed the ages of the couple's four children ranged from 2 to 12 years old.

“It`s a real issue. This is one of the most traumatic cases we`ve seen,” added Sheriff Blackwelder.

Bond for each of their charges totals $257,000. Both remain in jail.

Sheriff Blackwedler told WHNT News 19 the woman's unborn child has no impact on the charges, but the baby's medical condition at birth could add charges.

Family members are caring for the children.

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