Pregnant Mom Uses and Allowed Her Children To Take Drugs
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CLOVERDALE, Ind. -- A mother of two was charged with several felonies, including neglect of a dependent, after her children tested positive for methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana, a prosecutor said.
Amy Marie Reed (pictured), 26, is four months pregnant with a third child and admitted she is still taking drugs, 6News' Renee Jameson reported.
The yard of Reed's mobile home is equipped with slides and swings -- signs that children once lived there. Reed's children, ages 1 and 2, are staying with family members after her arrest.
Putnam County Prosecutor Tim Bookwalter said that the older child tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana in 2007 and that the youngest child had ingested cocaine and meth between February and June of this year.A Department of Child Services spokeswoman declined to comment on the case.
Bookwalter said the allegations were brought to his attention in September."You can't get meth by smoking or being near it. That child would have had to ingest it," he said. "I've never seen … an allegation like this."
Reed's neighbor and close friend, who didn't want her identity released, told 6News that Reed couldn't have given drugs to her children."I have no doubts. I believe she is innocent," the woman said.In a probable cause affidavit, Reed admitted she had marijuana in her system when she was interviewed.
A disturbing conversation between she and a caseworker was also documented.While pregnant with her second child last year, she admitted using meth and said, "I don't want this baby anyway. If this baby dies, it will save me from going through an adoption."
Reed was held Tuesday in the Putnam County Jail on $30,000 bond. If convicted on all charges, she could be sentence to 35 years in prison.