Drug Addict Sent Back To Jail To Protect Own Child From Heroin
Last year, a pregnant drug addict made headlines after she admitted to a daily heroin habit. She was jailed during the duration of her pregnancy to protect her unborn baby. Now she is back in the news.
21-year-old Alexandra Nicole Laird from Alabama gave birth in March last year to a daughter whowas found to be addicted to opiates. Laird admitted she used heroin throughout her pregnancy.For one month the newborn baby stayed in the ICU for withdrawal treatments.
After failing to appear to court for a hearing on her child endangerment charges, she was arrested again in August 2016. In September she told the authorities she was pregnant again with her second baby according to WPXI News.
Pleasant Grove Police Lt. Danny Reid said "I'm doing my damndest to try to prevent any further damage to this child, since it's obvious the mother doesn't seem to care.''
According to Newser.com, she was again ordered to jail for the entire duration of the second pregnancy to save the second unborn baby. It was no surprise, she again admitted to continued heroin use.
Doctors were able to confine her in the UAB hospital until she gave birth on Tuesday. Lawyers then filed her release on bond issuing her to remain in the hospital's detox program in the efforts to prevent another third repeat of the incident. The judge has not ruled the motion yet.
The police were okay with her release after she gave birth, they did not disclose any information about the baby due to privacy laws. Laird does not have custody of her first born and still faces child endangerment charges.
Palm Beach County has been facing heroin addiction problems for the past year. Two hundred sixteen people were reported to have died of heroin-related overdoses. Laird's case is just one of the very few heroin addiction problems of the country.
A drug-addicted baby is born in the US every 19 minutes.