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Court ordered heroin-addicted mom hospitalized since Sept to prevent her from harming her unborn child

January 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Court ordered heroin-addicted mom hospitalized since Sept to prevent her from harming her unborn child

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A heroin-addicted mom has given birth to her second child after she was held since September in the hospital on a court order because her first baby was born addicted to drugs.

The Daily Mail reported that 21-year-old Alexandra Laird delivered her second child on Tuesday at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital.

Doctors at the hospital were holding her in an attempt to protect her unborn baby after she was arrested back in April.

At her September trial, the court heard how the woman – who was once again pregnant – was using heroin multiple times a day.

Laird (pictured) was being held at the hospital by doctors after it was ruled last year she was to be jailed until she gave birth – in an attempt to protect the baby

Laird was taken into custody for neglecting to face child endangerment charges over her first child, who was born in March 2015.

Tests on the infant revealed traces of opiates and amphetamines in her system, and the baby girl began withdrawing days later.

Pleasant Grove Police Lieutenant Danny Reid argued against granting the woman bond, a request that Jefferson County Circuit Judge David Hobdy allowed, which ordered the mom to remain in custody.

The request was made because authorities feared the damage Laird would do to her unborn child if she was released free on bond, and could have continued to use heroin.

Laird was being held at the hospital by doctors after it was ruled last year she was to be jailed until she gave birth – in an attempt to protect the baby

However, Dr. Peter Lane, the medical director of the Addiction Recovery Program at UAB and a team of doctors decided to keep Laird there instead of sending her behind bars.

Now Laird’s attorney Thomas J. Huseman has filed a request to have bond awarded for his client, according to Alabama.com.

In the application, Huseman detailed how the 21-year-old mother will proceed with detox treatment under Dr. Lane’s care.

Authorities will not oppose granting bail now that the child has been born. However, a decision has not been made.

The 21-year-old Heroin-addicted mom is also scheduled to appear in court on March 13th to face child endangerment charges.

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