Mom in hiding, collecting bail money before she turns herself in

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Friends of Jamillah Washington say she went from being a woman battling addiction to a mother wanted by police. They say she's scared, but she wants to do the right thing.

Women's advocates are coming to her aid.

"From what we are learning, she definitely wants to cooperate, but she's afraid she won't post bail and she won't be able to see her child."

Cherisse Scott spent part of Thursday trying to find a defense attorney.

But the county's top prosecutor Amy Weirich pushed for this law. She says it's not about locking up mothers, but rather getting them help.

She said, "Many of these women don't have the resources and a support system to perhaps get the help that they need, the drug court treatment program gives them that help."

Women's advocates say that's the problem. In order to get that help, they must turn themselves into the system.

But Washington was able to voluntarily walk out of the hospital without anyone stopping her and now is on the run.

Scott says she won't be the last.

"If this what they meant to happen, then here you go."

Under this law these women have two options: go to jail for a year or get 18 months of treatment. Both options are provided and paid for by the state.

Scott say the state needs to take a closer look at this law, instead of worrying about political posturing.

"Is Tennessee concerned about making sure that women get what they need as far as medical health care needs or are we concerned about votes?"


  • Fabon Washington

    I was on yates just south of Shady Grove Wednesday and saw a pregnant woman walking her dog with a beer and smoking a cigarette, shouldn’t she be locked up too if this is about protecting the child?

  • Joe

    I understand Addiction. YES, intervention should be swift and punishment should be severe. You have to get an addicts attention. People are sitting in jail for child abuse/molestation they didn’t commit. There is no question what this was and who did it….

  • Brenda Johnson

    She really shouldn’t be able to see her child for a few year…proving she can stay clean. No need to endanger the baby even further.

  • Redblur63

    Actually, attachment during the first year of a child’s life is absolutely critical in forming the bond between child and parent. I would hope that treatment would include some kind of parenting training, so she can fully grasp the impact of what her actions have caused and their far-reaching consequences. She needs to learn how to put her baby first and how to care for it. This is how the cycle of poverty, abuse, and addiction gets addressed.

  • canadianwhiskeygirl

    My oldest son was seriously addicted to meth. His live in gf/wife, mother was too. She gave birth to a 3rd daughter with downs syndrome. Almost 10 yes old, is also autistic.

  • John

    She’s said she is scared she won’t be able to see her child. Good grief woman, now you care, didn’t seem to care when you were pumping drugs into her. Another useless human having a baby. If she can’t afford bail, how can see care for the kid. Oh that’s right, the government will pay for it

  • James Muhammad

    Jamillah Washington story”Another example of the use of the Hegelian Principle is the so-called “child protection crisis.”

    According to Lynn M Stuter, “There is no child protection crisis. Child abuse has actually been going downin recent years, while “reports” of it have been rising exponentially. Children have suffered, but in many cases, from the neglect of the “child protectors” for the real cases while they pursue the false ones. By their own figures, 80% of all child abuse reports cannot be substantiated. Eighty percent!

    There’s a good reason for that: they’ve been “whipsawing” us for years (step two) about it until (step three)a sweeping child protection law was passed that created what we now call the “Good Samaritan Laws,” which absolutely protect child protection workers and others who “report” child abuse from all legal repercussions, even if it can be proved that the “report” was given for a malicious reason. they told all the people who work with children such as teachers, medical personnel, school bus drivers, etc. that they were “mandated reporters.” What that means is that if they see something that gives them the slightest suspicion of child abuse, they must report it or be subject to civil and criminal charges themselves. Even if they don’t believe it. They must report it or take chances with their own futures”.

  • Cheryl

    get that child to a caring family environment fast! Whatever the addicted parent can do in the next few weeks/months will show how much they really want to be a part of that childs life… I have a daughter who has taken on her own brothers child due to the mother being an addict and has not shown any concern for the chid after more than 12 months! It is so important that the child have a normal life with a caring family! If the parents can prove that they care enough to get it together then yes… let them have a chance to do so~ Just seems most times they continue on the path they have been and care more about that than raising their child in a loving and normal family environment! Judges should look at this closely and be more considerate of the child!

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