Newborn found with drugs in system, mother arrested

Newborn found with drugs in system, mother arrested
A Sharon woman faces a felony charge after doctors allegedly found several types of antidepressants in her newborn baby’s system. Jennifer Karen Wilson (Bohman) of North Martin Avenue in Sharon was arrested May 20 for a charge of child abuse and neglect. Sharon Police Department Lt. Jason Edwards said the department was notified by the State Department of Children’s Services when blood tests revealed five types of narcotics in the mother’s system after delivery at the McKenzie hospital. Edwards also said Wilson is a known drug offender who claimed she had a problem with drugs, but was afraid to get help after she became pregnant. The 26-year-old mother admitted to taking Xanex and Hydrocodone, according to an affidavit of complaint. The report also cites Wilson tested positive for cocaine on April 28 of this year. Blood tests revealed PCP, THC, Benzo and Opiates in Wilson’s system after she delivered her child. The baby tested positive for TCA and Opiates, according to the affidavit. The child was placed into foster care May 14. Wilson faces a Class D felony charge of child abuse and neglect. According to Assistant District Attorney Kevin McAlpin, if the child displays signs of serious bodily injury as a result of the mother’s drug use during pregnancy, the charges would be upgraded to the Class A felony charge of aggravated child abuse and neglect. “It depends on what the child’s doctor tells me,” McAlpin said. Wilson was arraigned May 22 in Weakley County General Sessions Court. She is free on a $10,000 bond. Her next court appearance is scheduled for June 4 at 9 a.m. for a preliminary hearing in general sessions. No charges are being considered for Wilson’s husband.

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