TENNESSEE – In Tennessee, a new mother has been arrested after her newborn tested positive for meth.
State officials say she is the first to be charged under a new law that makes it illegal for a pregnant woman to use or give birth to a child addicted to or harmed by a narcotic drug.
Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens says Mallory Loyola admitted to smoking meth just a few days before giving birth.
“Anytime anybody is addicted and they can’t get off for their own child, their own flesh and blood, it’s sad,” said Bivens.
He hopes this arrest will be warning, and maybe even a life saver.
“Hopefully it will send a signal to other women who are pregnant and have a drug problem to seek help. That’s what we want them to do,” Bivens said.
Loyola’s charge is a misdemeanor.
She could serve up to a year in jail.