MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – A newborn baby boy is now in the hands of the Department of Human Resources after he tested positive for cocaine at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital.
Police say his mother, Omega Golston, was using cocaine while she was pregnant. Golston faces charges of chemical endangerment of a child. That is a class C felony in Alabama.
The Mobile County District Attorney, Ashley Rich wants expectant mothers to know that if you use drugs, you will face the full weight of the law.
“What the public needs to understand and what young women who are thinking about becoming pregnant need to understand, is that when you make that decision to conceive, you are responsible for that child from the minute it’s born,” District Attorney Rich said. “And if it’s born with a controlled substance in its blood, then you are responsible we will prosecute you.”.
Golston gave birth to the baby on June 30. The police issued a warrant on her immediately after the baby tested positive for cocaine. On July 11 Golston turned herself in to police and spent less an hour in jail before bailing out.
Golston is now awaiting a trial while her son is with DHR.