Police: Mother’s baby tested positive for meth

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

ALABASTER – A 38-year-old Calera woman is facing a felony child endangerment charge after she allegedly consumed methamphetamine while she was pregnant.

Howell

Howell

The Alabaster Police Department arrested Lucy Diane Campbell Howell, who lists an address in the 11000 block of Alabama 25 in Calera, on Dec. 16 and charged her with one felony count of chemical endangerment of a child where a controlled substance is produced.

Her arrest came after she allegedly “ingested methamphetamine while she was pregnant” over the past several months, according to her arrest warrant. When the child was born on Dec. 10 at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, the baby tested positive for meth, according to the warrant.

As of Dec. 17, Howell was being held in the Shelby County Jail on a $5,000 bond. She had no attorney or upcoming court date listed in court documents.

Chemical endangerment of a child is a Class C felony. If convicted, Howell could face up to 10 years in prison.