Baby tests positive for cocaine

Published 7:08 pm Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A baby born to a Brantley woman tested positive for cocaine leading to the arrest of the mother for the chemical endangerment of a child.

Amanda Lee Crawford, 29, of 218 James Street in Brantley, gave birth to a baby boy on July 3 at Baptist Hospital in Montgomery; however, the baby, according to the police reports, only weighed 3 pounds and 15 ounces and was 32 weeks—a premature baby, according to the hospital’s report.

“On July 6, we were contacted by DHR saying that the mother had given birth to a baby boy that was premature,” Crenshaw County Sheriff’s Investigator Heath Truman said. “On July 8, the lab report came back, and we were told the baby tested positive for cocaine.”

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Truman and Investigator Ronnie White arrested Crawford on July 10 at her home. According to the police reports, Crawford stated that she had not used “illegal narcotics,” but that she had taken medication “with codeine on June 28 before going to bed.”

Crawford, who has other children, was bailed out of jail on July 11 by Brantley Councilman Lorey Bogen Sr., and his father, Leroy Bogen Sr.

She will appear before the district court in Crenshaw County on Aug. 5.

The chemical endangerment of a child is a Class C felony.

White appreciated the quick work of the Crenshaw County Department of Human Resources in contacting the Sheriff’s Office about the situation.

“The Sheriff’s Office has a really good working relationship with DHR, and we appreciate that, especially when it comes to cases like this,” White said.