TULSA, Okla. — Neglect charges are being held against a woman who reportedly told emergency crews her newborn was an alien; the charges allege she abused several drugs while she was pregnant, according to the Tulsa World.
Candace Marie Stanley, 21, gave birth to her baby when she was approximately 36 weeks pregnant, and the baby tested positive for methamphetamine, marijuana and Xanax shortly after its birth. Stanley’s blood tested positive for amphetamine use, documents show.
Emily O’Banion, a critical care paramedic with EMSA, testified that she was called to an apartment in which dispatchers said the caller made mention of an alien or baby at the scene. Stanley’s defense attorney said she denies calling the infant an alien.
O’Banion and her partner arrived to find Stanley naked and bleeding on a couch, holding an umbilical cord in her hand with part of the placenta still attached; Stanley was describing the apartment as filthy and a “drug hovel,” reports say.
The paramedic quickly located a “blue baby that was not moving (or) breathing” on top of a container in the room, O’Banion said. She told the court she urged Stanley to hold the baby boy against her skin, as warmth was needed to resuscitate the infant, but Stanley pushed him away.
That’s when O’Banion took the baby into her own shirt while her partner tended to Stanley, who was “standing on a stretcher, flailing her arms and legs while still naked as O’Banion left the residence, she said.”
“My immediate impression was that she was under the influence of drugs,” said O’Banion.
Stanley’s defense attorney argued that Stanley could have been in shock from blood loss.
O’Banion, who has 17 years of experience in the field said, “Nothing I saw was like any shock I’ve ever seen.”
Prosecutors allege that Stanley also refused the dispatchers instructions of how to care for the baby. O’Banion told the court there were no signs the child had been handled or cared for since its birth.
“At the scene, Stanley reportedly told the responders she was unaware of her pregnancy and woke from a nap to find the infant between her legs. When pressed about possible drug use, she told O’Banion she had been held down by two men and forced to smoke marijuana,” according to the Tulsa World.
When Stanley arrived to the hospital, she allegedly admitted to knowing about her pregnancy. She also admitted to being a heroin addict, but said she recently did meth when she did not have access to heroin, O’Banion testified.
Other medical personnel told police that Stanley said vampires were “going to get her” while she was at the hospital.
The Tulsa World noted, “The baby was treated for an atrial septal defect and other heart conditions, which the state contends he could have been more appropriately treated for had Stanley received adequate prenatal care.”
Stanely’s attorney said she was prescribed zofran in her first trimester of pregnancy, which could have caused the baby’s birth defects.
Documents show the baby was born in September of 2013, and has been in foster care since that time.
Stanley is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond at the Tulsa Jail and returns to court March 16, when she will appear before District Judge William LaFortune.
— Tulsa World (@tulsaworld) March 10, 2015