Sierra Vista Mom Arrested After Giving Birth to Baby With Meth and Weed in System
If you ask us, doing meth probably isn't the best idea. Doing meth when you're pregnant, in our humble opinion, is just disgusting.
A Sierra Vista woman might disagree.
Police in Sierra Vista say a woman gave birth to a baby over the weekend, which would have been good news had doctors not found "critical levels" of crystal meth and marijuana in the baby's body.
The baby was born to 26-year-old Tamara Austin (that's her in the photo -- and, yes: we, too, find it shocking that someone was willing to do the deed required to get this southern Arizona treasure knocked-up) at the Sierra Vista Regional Health Center on Sunday. Doctors detected the dope and called Child Protective Services.
Prior to CPS getting to the hospital, Austin took off with the baby, but police caught up with her on Tuesday and placed her under arrest.
Unfortunately for Austin, Arizona has a law that took effect last year, which allows law enforcement to charge a mother who uses drugs while pregnant with neglect.
Nobody in Cochise County has ever been charged under the new law, but Sierra Vista police seem to think Austin is a prime candidate to be the county's first.
She was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of child abuse and neglect.
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