OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma mother who is accused of giving birth to a baby boy who tested positive for meth says she is innocent.
Nichole Kerschner says she is being falsely accused and deserves to have her son back.
She gave birth to him February 12th at Integris Baptist Hospital.
Three days later, she says she was discharged from the hospital and took her son home.
But officials with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department say they were told by DHS that Kerschner’s baby tested positive for methamphetamines and that she fled the hospital before the baby boy could be taken into DHS custody.
Two weeks later, Logan County authorities released a previous mug shot of Kerschner to NewsChannel 4 and said she and her son were considered missing and endangered. Authorities also said they had information that she’d been seen breastfeeding the baby and using methamphetamines.
Later that same day, officials sent out an updated press release saying the baby had been turned over to them and was now in DHS custody.
“I’m not the bad person the picture’s painted out to be, at all,” said Kerschner.
Kerschner reached out to NewsChannel 4 saying she wanted to tell her side of the story.
“The hospital did release us. Neither one of us tested positive for meth or any other drug,” she said.
Kerschner admits that she did check into the hospital under a different name.
She says she did that because two of her other children have been taken away in the past.
But she says she didn’t run, but rather that she was released and didn’t even know there was a problem until DHS showed up at her door a week later.
She also admits to another mistake – running with her baby.
“I didn’t answer the door because I didn’t want to give up my baby, because I love my child more than anything,” said Kerschner.
Kerschner says reports that she was seen breastfeeding and doing meth are false.
She says she isn’t breastfeeding her baby and hasn’t done meth in five years.
She says it was her decision to finally give her son to DHS.
“It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I didn’t want to give him up. I don’t feel right without him,” said Kerschner.
Kerschner feels she is paying for past mistakes and says her son should not have been taken from her.
“I’m pissed. Because it’s not right. I just want to be a mom to my child. And nobody wants me to be obviously,” she said.
Kerschner did plead guilty to possession of methamphetamines in January of last year.
She tells NewsChannel 4 she accepted responsibility for a friend’s mistake so that person wouldn’t go to jail.
Logan County officials say Kerschner is not facing any charges right now, but that could change in the future.