Woman granted supervised visits after allegedly exposing child to meth

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

A 20-year-old Montevallo woman has been granted supervised contact with her infant child after she allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine while she was pregnant with the child.

Lykes

Lykes

An Alabaster police officer and member of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force arrested Katelynn Elizabeth Lykes on March 15 and charged her with one felony count of chemical endangerment of a child by exposure to a controlled substance.

According to her arrest warrant, Lykes allegedly “knowingly, recklessly, or intentionally” causing her unborn child to be “exposed to, to ingest or inhale, or to have contact with” methamphetamine and amphetamine after she allegedly tested positive for both drugs on Jan. 22. The child was born on April 26.

Lykes posted a $15,000 bond on the day of her arrest, and was released from the Shelby County Jail in Columbiana.

On May 1, Lykes’ attorney, James V. Green Jr., filed a motion requesting the original court order prohibiting Lykes from having contact with the infant be lifted.

According to the order, the Juvenile Court of Shelby County on April 29 granted custody of the child to a “family friend.” The Juvenile Court also required “that the mother’s contact with the child be supervised.”

The Shelby County District Attorney’s office did not oppose Green’s motion to lift the no contact order against Lykes, according to Green.

Shelby County District Court Judge Dan Reeves granted a portion of Green’s request on May 8, allowing Lykes to have supervised contact with the child as authorized by the Juvenile Court.

While Lykes is out on bond, she will participate in the Juvenile Court’s Family Dependency Treatment Court, during which she will take random drug and alcohol tests and will participate in counseling and therapy sessions.

“She will be required to appear before the Juvenile Court on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to monitor her compliance with the program, as well as to monitor her progress,” read Green’s motion.

Lykes was scheduled to appear in court on May 22 for a preliminary hearing. If convicted of the crime, Lykes could face up to 10 year in prison.