Daily Mail reports:
A woman who admitted to snorting heroin the day before she delivered a full-term stillborn baby could be jailed on child endangerment charges.
Raven Lynn West, 23, from Alabama, delivered the stillbirth on October 9, just days after being released from jail on bond.
She had first been arrested and jailed for child endangerment charges on May 4, 2016, but was released the same day, before again being put behind bars on August 19 after failing to appear before court, Alabama.com reports.
The warrant she was arrested for was issued in 2015, and was linked to the birth of her first child.
Police became aware in July 2015 that West had tested positive for drugs, while her newborn child at the time was also found to have heroin and codeine in its system.
West was released from jail on bond on October 6, when she was 37 weeks pregnant, and taken to a facility for drug-addicted pregnant women.
However, court documents reveal the 23-year-old confessed to walking away from the center on October 8 to buy a bag of heroin.
She then snorted it in the bathroom of a local business in Birmingham, the newspaper reports.
West told police as she inhaled the drug, she could feel her baby kicking.
Jefferson County Bessemer Cutoff District Attorney Bill Veitch has asked the court to revoke the 23-year-old’s bond, citing her continued drug use as a breach of her release.
Veitch is asking the court to hold West without the option of bond until her trial, according to Alabama.com.
‘The defendant is a danger to herself and to the community,’ he wrote in his submission.
West had just been arrested this May after her previous, older newborn baby tested positive for drugs in 2015.
Pleasant Grove Police Lieutenant Danny Reid also called on the court to take action, while comparing West’s case to that of Alexandra Nicole Laird.
A court ruled Laird, 21, should be jailed last month without bond until her baby is born in about 14 weeks.
The 21-year-old had previously been indicted after her first daughter was born addicted to heroin, and was hit with child endangerment charges related to her unborn second child.
However, the mother’s doctors at UAB Hospital opted to hold her there until she gives birth rather than send her back to jail.
‘This is the exact scenario that police and the District Attorney’s Office was (and still are) trying to prevent in the recent Laird case,’ Lt. Reid told the newspaper.
‘The Alethia House, while well-intentioned, does not have control of its patients, who use their sympathy and lack of control to simply walk away when they get the slightest urge to use drugs.
‘In this case, West, who was nine months pregnant, was released from jail to go to the Alethia House where she promptly left and took a large blast of heroin.
‘Less than 12 hours after she admitted that she snorted heroin, she delivers a dead baby that she said she felt kicking just earlier that day. A dead, viable, 7-pound baby. I am absolutely sickened and heartbroken over this. ‘
A trial date for West has not been set.