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Alabama woman delivered full term stillborn day after snorting heroin

October 28, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Alabama woman delivered full term stillborn day after snorting heroin

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An Alabama woman admitted to snorting heroin the day before she delivered a full-term stillborn child, could be facing jail time on charges of child endangerment.

Twenty-three-year-old Raven Lynn West, of Alabama, delivered the stillbirth on October 9th, just days after she posted bond and was released from custody, AL.com reported.

She was initially arrested and booked into jail on child endangerment charges back in May but was released the same day. Less than three months later, police arrested her again in August after she failed to show up for her court appearance.

The warrant she was arrested for was issued in 2015 and was associated with the birth of her first child.

Authorities were informed in July 2015 that West had tested positive for drugs, and her newborn child at the time also had codeine and heroin in its system.

West was, once again, released on bond on October 6th, when she was 37 weeks pregnant and was brought to a rehab facility for drug-using pregnant women.

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Police Lieutenant Danny Reid compared the case to Alexandra Laird’s (pictured right), who was ordered to be jailed until giving birth to her second child after her first was born addicted to drugs

Nevertheless, court documents indicated that the 23-year-old admitted that she walked away from the rehab on October 8th to purchase a bag of heroin.

She later snorted it in the restroom of a local business,

West told authorities that as she took the heroin, she felt her baby kicking.

Bill Veitch, the District Attorney for Jefferson Count, has requested to revoke the woman’s bond, citing that her continued drug use is considered a violation of the conditions of her release.

Veitch has asked the court to keep West behind bars without bond until her trial.

“The defendant is a danger to herself and the community,” he stated.

West was arrested back in May after her older baby tested positive for drugs in 2015.

Attorney Bill Veitch (pictured) has asked for bond granted to West to be revoked, and says she should be jailed until her trial for child endangerment charges

Attorney Bill Veitch (pictured) has asked for bond granted to West to be revoked and says she should be jailed until her trial for child endangerment charges

Pleasant Grove Police Lieutenant Danny Reid also asked the court to take action, while linking West’s case to that of Alexandra Nicole Laird.

A court declared last month that 21-year-old Laird should be jailed without bond until the birth of her baby in about 14 weeks.

The 21-year-old was arrested after her first daughter was born with a heroin addiction, and was subsequently charged with child endangerment related to her second unborn child.

However, doctors at UAB Hospital opted to hold her at the hospital until she gives birth rather than send her back behind bars.

“This is the exact scenario that police and the District Attorney’s Office was trying to prevent in the recent Laird case,” Lieutenant Reid stated.

“The Alethia House does not have control over its patients, who use their sympathy and lack of willpower to simply leave when they get the slightest urge to take drugs.”

“In this case, West, who was nine months pregnant, was released from jail to go to the Alethia House where she promptly left and took a large blast of heroin. Less than 12 hours after she admitted that she snorted heroin, she delivers a dead baby that she said she felt kicking just earlier that day. A dead, viable, 7-pound baby.”

A trial date for West has not yet been scheduled.

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