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Utah mom charged with meth use while pregnant

Published April 22, 2014 9:25 am

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A St. George woman was charged with second-degree felony child endangerment on accusations that she used meth while pregnant.

In charges filed Monday, police wrote that the woman, 24, delivered the baby last week after 39 weeks of pregnancy.

"Being that her child was only 39 weeks gestational age, it was surmised that the use of methamphetamine caused [the woman] to go into labor," police wrote.

The baby was delivered by emergency C-section due to medical problems.

The mother admitted to medical staff and police that she is addicted to methamphetamine and used the drug while pregnant, according to charges.

Police did not discuss the health of the baby. Blood was drawn from the mother and the baby and may be tested for drug levels.

ealberty@sltrib.com