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Mother Arrested After Her Baby Is Born With A Heroin Addiction

A young mother has been indicted by authorities after her newborn was born with a heroin addiction. The baby girl was locked away in an intensive care unit for a month while she was weaned off of the drug and suffered from withdrawals.

The mother, identified as 21-year-old Alexandra Nicole Laird, was arrested and is now free on bond.

Ms. Laird gave birth to her daughter in early 2015 at UAB Medical West. Whilst performing routine testing, doctors discovered that the baby girl tested positive for both opiates and amphetamines.

The newborn was then transferred to Princeton Baptist Medical Center in order to receive specialist treatment for withdrawals.

The young mother admitted to Pleasant Grove Police Lieutenant, Danny Reid, and other detectives that she used heroin at least two times a week for approximately five months of the pregnancy.

Lieutenant Reid filed an enhanced charge of chemical endangerment of a child against Ms. Laird, charging her with a Class B felony. Ms. Laird also faces other drug possession charges after she was arrested during a traffic stop in Tarrant, less than two months after the birth of her daughter.

Ms. Laird also failed a court ordered drug test and no longer has custody of her newborn daughter.

“You won’t know you’ve truly victimized this child until much later in life when she has trouble in school, trouble functioning,” Lieutenant Reid stated.

Shockingly, when Ms. Laird was arrested for the second time, it was discovered that she was pregnant again. Admitting that she was still using heroin “three times a day,” the 21-year old was offered no bond in order to protect the child from further exposure.

“I’m doing my damndest to try and prevent any further damage to this child, since it’s obvious the mother doesn’t seem to care,” Lieutenant Reid told Judge David Hobdy.

"This is a sad case, no matter how you look at it, as the mother's heroin addiction is more compelling to her than the health and welfare of this unborn child,” Lieutenant Reid continued.

“But make no mistake, sad or not, law enforcement will hold this mother accountable and vigorously defend and protect the well-being of the child, who is innocent of all of this and simply struggling for life."

Early last year, Ms. Laird gave birth to her second child, however she no longer has custody of the children. Ms. Laird remains behind bars and is currently taking medication to treat her opiate addiction.

Ms. Laird will likely be sent to a rehabilitation program before she faces court

Ms. Laird’s lawyer, Thomas J. Huseman, filed a request for bond following the birth of Ms. Laird’s second child. Mr. Huseman detailed how Ms. Laird would continue her detox treatment under the care of Dr. Peter Lane, the medical director of the Addiction Recovery Program at UAB.

Police have confirmed they will not oppose bail now that the second child has been born and will no longer be exposed to Ms. Laird’s drug habits.

Source: AL.com, Independent Journal Review
Photo: Jefferson County Jail, Wikimedia

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