KEY POINTS

  • A 24-year-old Alabama woman was arrested after she and her newborn tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine
  • She was charged with chemical endangerment of a child
  • This is the second time she is facing the same charge, with the first one being associated with a different child

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in Etowah County, Alabama, after she tested positive for multiple drugs while she was giving birth last month, police said.

Whitney Nicole Reeves, from Gallant, has been charged with the felony of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed, WIAT reported. 

Reeves reportedly tested positive for both amphetamine and methamphetamine while she was giving birth in the hospital on April 12. Her newborn also tested positive for the drugs.

This is the second time Reeves is facing a chemical endangerment of a child charge, with her first charge involving a different child, as per WIAT. 

Available public records from the Etowah County Sheriff's Office showed she was booked at the Etowah County Jail on April 29 with a $10,000 bond. 

She will go through a drug treatment program and be supervised by the Etowah County Community Corrections upon her release.

Etowah County authorities arrested another mother two months ago on the same charge after she and her newborn baby tested positive for drugs.

Police arrested 31-year-old Andrea Diane Adair, of Gadsden, on March 5 and charged her with chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed. According to police, Adair and her newborn both tested positive for benzodiazepines and barbiturates.

The Etowah County Department of Human Resources was called, and the child was placed with a family member.

A similar incident occurred in Rock Hill, South Carolina, shortly after this incident, when police arrested a 29-year-old mother because her newborn child tested positive for methamphetamine. 

The York County Sheriff's Office said the arrest stemmed from a referral received from the Department of Social Services (DSS) that said Kayla Victoria McDonald tested positive for the drug while at the hospital. A police report also confirmed her newborn daughter tested positive for methamphetamine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines after being born.

McDonald was arrested on March 4 and was charged with unlawful neglect of a child. Her daughter is now in DSS custody.

thermometer-1539191_1920 Representation. Reeve's newborn baby tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine. Photo: Pixabay