Two Wisconsin women were charged within one week of each other of doing drugs while pregnant and harming their unborn baby. More and more women are getting charged under various laws in states for these incidences. WSAU.com had the story:
A Merrill woman charged Tuesday with possessing methamphetamine and morphine is also facing charges she used those drugs while she was pregnant with her daughter.
A Lincoln County judge will decide whether there’s enough evidence to bind Melissa Lemke over on charges of aggravated battery to an unborn child and recklessly endangering safety during a preliminary hearing November 15th.
Melissa Lemke said she didn’t even know she was pregnant
According to court documents, Lemke tested positive for opiates, amphetamines and oxycodone the day she gave birth to her daughter in July 2010. The baby tested positive for opiates. She has since been placed with a foster family.
Lemke told police she was unaware that she was pregnant until an hour before she gave birth July 12, 2010. She said the pregnancy “blindsided” her and “that if it wasn’t for the drugs she would have known she was pregnant,” according to a police report.
Lemke admitted taking 20 Vicodin pills a day and said she would use three to four morphine pills a day if she had them. She began using the drugs daily after her second child was born to deal with postpartum depression.
Lemke is the second mother recently charged in the county with aggravated battery to an unborn child. A judge sentenced Amber Coey last Friday to two years probation, including parenting classes and drug screenings, after she admitted smoking marijuana while she was pregnant.
Coey said she smoked pot 20 to 30 times while she was pregnant to help relieve nausea. Her baby boy tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, after he was born in late December.