An unborn child depends on the mother’s nutrition to survive. If they decide to consume drugs, they can pass to the unborn baby and cause lasting damage. If illegal drugs are detected in a baby, it can lead to the state taking the child away.
Unfortunately in this case, the child was killed by the mother before the state could get to her in time. NWTimes reports.
A woman has been sentenced to 35 years in prison as part of a plea agreement after she killed her infant daughter in 2019. She pleaded guilty to aggravated battery.
During the autopsy, both old and new bruises were found, as well as brain bleeds and a quarter-sized fracture in the skull. Death was determined to be caused by blunt force trauma.
A few months prior, the state had been authorized to take the newborn child away from the mother because the baby tested positive for cocaine at birth. However, the state was unable to find the mother or baby before the fatal incident.
The mother also has mental health issues, according to the report. These played a factor in the plea agreement. She must serve at least 75% of the sentence. It is unknown what will happen to her other children, but the judge said that it may be better for them given the facts of the matter.