Gadsden woman charged with chemical endangerment of twins; tested positive for opiates


Photo of Courtney Starr Hyfield-Parker, from a 2012 arrest (Courtesy: Etowah County Jail)

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ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – A Gadsden woman is charged with chemical endangerment of twins.   Investigators say Courtney Starr Hyfield-Parker, 26, tested positive for opiates.

One infant was stillborn, and the other was rushed to a Birmingham hospital.

Hyfield-Parker is accused of “exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, which is a felony,” investigator Bobby Bryant said.

Parker’s bond is set at $30,000.  She will be supervised by Etowah County Community Corrections and must give a negative drug test before being released from jail.

A judge also restricted her from having unsupervised contact with any child under the age of 18.

The Etowah County Department of Human Resources is involved in the case.

There’s no word on how the surviving infant is doing.

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