Pair of women charged after babies test positive for drugs
By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor
ALABASTER – A 32-year-old Pelham woman and a 34-year-old Alabaster woman are facing felony charges after allegedly giving birth to children who tested positive for controlled substances.
The Alabaster Police Department arrested Amanda June Reed, who lists an address on Southwood Way in Alabaster, and Meredith Lauren Huey, who lists an address on Shelby County 35 in Pelham, and charged each with one felony count of chemical endangerment of a child.
Reed was taken into custody on April 30 and released from the Shelby County Jail the same day after posting a $15,000 bond. Huey was arrested on May 1 and was released from jail the same day after posting a $15,000 bond.
According to the suspects’ arrest warrants, both gave birth to a child at Alabaster’s Shelby Baptist Medical Center, and both children allegedly tested positive for controlled substances.
Huey’s child allegedly tested positive for opiates on March 13, and Reed and her child allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine, opiates, methadone and PCP on Feb. 13.
Chemical endangerment of a child is a Class C felony. If convicted, each suspect could face up to 10 years in prison.