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    Mom of newborn with drugs in system arrested

    Felony-Reckless Endnagerment. Those are the charges against 21 year old Jessica Whitaker who gave birth to her son in September.

    At the time of the baby's birth a tox screen showed the baby had oxycontin and valium in his system. When confronted Whitaker admitted she'd used both drugs from the onset of her pregnancy and through to the birth.

    Back in September child services did get involved and the DA did as well. They now have Whitaker locked up. The baby is on medication to control seizures.

    Oh Dear Lord. There for the grace of God go I, BUT this girl could have received some kind of help. That poor baby had to go through some horrific withdrawls. I don't want to judge her as I consider 21 young and who knows what her home life is/was like. Throw in that whole addiction thing and it's just one big mess. A mess that's left an innocent baby sick and a new mother locked up. Which in the longrun may be for the better.


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    No way am I even excusing what this girl did. Plus, yes 21 is an adult. However I looked up this girl's Myspace. She hadn't been on since what would have been the beginning of her pregnancy.

    Beautiful girl. Cheerleader. All American smiling kid. Da*n these drugs. Yes it is a choice, but they think since they're "just pills" it's no big deal. Oxycontin with our young folks here is a scourge. It's rampant and it's deadly.

    Heck, I'm always ranting. Sorry. It's just so sad. Here's a young lady full of promise who aged ten years in a year. More importantly a baby son without a mother. Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Hoping she gets help while she's locked up. Hoping they have good programs where she is going. Praying that little baby isn't suffering too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Filly View Post
    Felony-Reckless Endnagerment. Those are the charges against 21 year old Jessica Whitaker who gave birth to her son in September.

    At the time of the baby's birth a tox screen showed the baby had oxycontin and valium in his system. When confronted Whitaker admitted she'd used both drugs from the onset of her pregnancy and through to the birth.

    Back in September child services did get involved and the DA did as well. They now have Whitaker locked up. The baby is on medication to control seizures.

    Oh Dear Lord. There for the grace of God go I, BUT this girl could have received some kind of help. That poor baby had to go through some horrific withdrawls. I don't want to judge her as I consider 21 young and who knows what her home life is/was like. Throw in that whole addiction thing and it's just one big mess. A mess that's left an innocent baby sick and a new mother locked up. Which in the longrun may be for the better.


    http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=9019692
    I am not bashing the Mother, however at 21 years old she should know that what she ingests can affect her child for his entire life. I am glad to see that CS and the DA are holding her accountable and pray that this baby grows up with all the love and care he needs. IMO, if you can't give up harmful things during pregnancy and give your baby a chance it is abuse.

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    I just want to remind everyone that every single one of those drugs effected that baby's development in some insidious way. This child will not suddenly heal and grow up strong and straight. This little guy wlll almost certainly be dealing with some sort of deficit for the rest of his days--not just through school but through the nursing home at age 88. Those are my babies, my toddlers, my young kids, my teens, my young adults. Yes, they've grown and they each have special gifts. But so so much was stolen each time the birthmom swallowed another pill or smoked another crack pipe. Nothing takes the place of really fine early intervention programs. It's the bottom line best money we can all spend. Pay now for a few years or pay for 90.

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    I am happy on one hand to seem them holding a mother accountable for abusing her child before it is even born.

    But on the other hand criminal charges in these types of situations may increase the number of women who do not prenatal care, and also increase the number of women who try to avoid giving birth in a hospital for fear of prosecution.

    I assume they will force her into treatment if she wants a chance at getting custody back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Missizzy View Post
    I just want to remind everyone that every single one of those drugs effected that baby's development in some insidious way. This child will not suddenly heal and grow up strong and straight. This little guy wlll almost certainly be dealing with some sort of deficit for the rest of his days--not just through school but through the nursing home at age 88. Those are my babies, my toddlers, my young kids, my teens, my young adults. Yes, they've grown and they each have special gifts. But so so much was stolen each time the birthmom swallowed another pill or smoked another crack pipe. Nothing takes the place of really fine early intervention programs. It's the bottom line best money we can all spend. Pay now for a few years or pay for 90.
    Thanks button was not enough. Every word true and so preventable. The ramifications of using drugs or alcohol during pregnancy are for a lifetime! A child's one lifetime
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    Quote Originally Posted by impatientredhead View Post
    I am happy on one hand to seem them holding a mother accountable for abusing her child before it is even born.

    But on the other hand criminal charges in these types of situations may increase the number of women who do not prenatal care, and also increase the number of women who try to avoid giving birth in a hospital for fear of prosecution.

    I assume they will force her into treatment if she wants a chance at getting custody back.
    or maybe if they are on drugs early in there pregnency, they will go get clean before it's too late

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbl8201 View Post
    or maybe if they are on drugs early in there pregnency, they will go get clean before it's too late
    In one of the many inpatient rehabs, with beds available, doctors on staff to deal with a pregnant woman in withdrawl, and programs in place to cover those costs?

    It would be wonderful if it motivated them to get clean, but if it were that easy for them to get clean one would imagine causing unknown levels of damage to your child's developing brain would be equally if not more motivating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtles View Post
    I am not bashing the Mother, however at 21 years old she should know that what she ingests can affect her child for his entire life. I am glad to see that CS and the DA are holding her accountable and pray that this baby grows up with all the love and care he needs. IMO, if you can't give up harmful things during pregnancy and give your baby a chance it is abuse.

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    I am so glad they are holding her accountable. Any person that endangers the life of a child should be held accountable imo.

    Sheesh during my pregnancies I would never even take an aspirin for a headache because I knew whatever I took into my body would go to my baby.

    Now she has left her child with seizures and no telling what other health issues. I want to know why in the heck she was even taking these meds at 21 years old anyway.

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    It's about time!

    They need to built lots more jails...and do this for ALL moms that deliver babies that test positive for illegal drugs! The repetitive nature of this crime needs to stop...moms need to stop spitting out brain damaged children one after another. The children ALL get a automatic life sentance


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    I for one am happy they are doing something about this. I work in labor and delivery and I see this all of the time. We get so many people doing drugs while pregnant and guess what they do, call social services who goes in and has a talk with the parents and lets baby go home with them. Its so disturbing how selfish some of these women are. I do understand addiction but these women dont even want to try to stop. They could care less and it breaks my heart for their child.

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    Amanda--Thank goodness they don't let every baby go home with a drug using mom. In my experience, my kids who were not allowed to leave the hospital after a positive tox screen but were instead placed in a "medically fragile" foster home, fared so much better. Not a single one of my kids who went home, avoided more abuse. Those children, lived on the streets with their Moms for 2-6 years and suffered all sorts of trauma. Everyone sent directly from the hospital to foster care has done extremely well. The damage is still there but they really benefitted. Yes, the foster care was very expensive but oh, it's paid off.

    The saddest irony in life to me is that parents least equipped to deal with a child with disabilities and/or delay are the ones who end up with them because of their own foolish choices. IMO, these are the little ones we read about being abused, tortured, and murdered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AmandaBrown23 View Post
    I for one am happy they are doing something about this. I work in labor and delivery and I see this all of the time. We get so many people doing drugs while pregnant and guess what they do, call social services who goes in and has a talk with the parents and lets baby go home with them. Its so disturbing how selfish some of these women are. I do understand addiction but these women dont even want to try to stop. They could care less and it breaks my heart for their child.
    I work in postpartum, and I could have written this post! I see too many kids withdrawing from drugs while "mom" goes outside to do more, and Children & Youth just shrugs their shoulders and walks away. And it isn't a one time, "oh I made a mistake" thing. It's multiple children, multiple partners, etc. It pi**es me off to no end.

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    kbl--Sad to say but Moms don't get time to heal before "it's too late". About 6 months before conception is too late. I'm not kidding. The first three months of pregnancy, while the cells are dividing at the speed of light is when so much of the damage is done. And we're just learning about the tremendous damage from a Dad's drug use. The sperm is actually damaged and compromised. This is why every single woman and man needs to be really cautious about drugs and drinking if they're of child-bearing age. A binge party before she even knows she's pregnant can destroy the baby's brain forever. I think it's safe to say that any alcohol or drug (legal or illicit) is a gamble, at best. It's a little like deciding not to wear your seat belt "just this once".

    CP doesn't go away, IQ points just don't suddenly pop up, lungs don't often get stronger, vision and hearing don't come back, and sadly facial deformities are there forever. How I wish that every single teen in America would be required to work with disabled children for a few weeks. Everyone would benefit. The teens would have a wake-up call plus they'd learn some empathy. The children would love the attention. Society just might have some slightly more enlightened teens when they're making those decisions about sex and drugs.

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    Round them all up. They should have LE that just goes on the street and busts every pregnant addict they see.

    While they're at it maybe they can pinpoint the trick that knocked them up. Bust them as well.

    There is no way any female who is drug addicted and predisposes her baby to drugs can be a decent mother. Perhaps the law should designate they get an abortion.

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