(Memphis) Two Memphis mothers are facing charges of reckless endangerment after police claim their babies were born with drugs in their system.
34 year-old April Yewell, had a baby boy in September that Memphis Police said had methamphetamine in his system.
MPD said 29 year-old Terri Reed’s baby girl who was born earlier this month tested positive for cocaine in her system. Police said it’s the third time Reed has tested positive for cocaine during child-birth.
“These babies that are born with these drug addictions are going to have some of them long-term physical, emotional, psychological side effects because of the drugs their mother ingested while pregnant,” said Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
For the past 18 months the District Attorney’s office has run the “Born Addicted” program for mother’s who have babies with drugs in their system. The mother’s go through drug court or rehab. Around 18 women are in the program and Weirich said they hope to expand soon.
“It’s not easy. It’s very tough. It’s strenuous.Judge Dwyer keeps a close watch on the defendants in his program but what we hope to do is first of all treat their addiction and second of all hold a reward out for them if they can get help for their addiction their criminal charges may be dismissed,” said Weirich.
“We’ve only had one mother so far that’s been removed from the program,” said Weirich.
It will take each mother around 18 months to complete the program. The Department of Children Services was contacted in both cases.