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Baby born with meth, other drugs in its system

A Valley woman faces charges of torture after giving birth to a baby that had meth and other illegal drugs in its system.

The couple was arrested at their home on Kent Street in Phil Campbell. That's in Franklin County.

June 15th, Telisha Patterson gave birth to a baby while sitting on the toilet. She told Franklin County Investigators she didn't know she was having the baby.

Denise McCulloch, a part-time cashier at a Phil Campbell service station, waited on Patterson the week before. She says Patterson told her the baby was due any day.

"You could tell she was big. She was telling me one time she was having a baby," says McCulloch.

Investigators say Patterson's child was born under the influence of methamphetamine and other illegal drugs.

Authorities say Patterson admitted that she smoked meth a few hours before giving birth.

Telisha Patterson is charged with 3 counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Her husband, Jeremy Patterson was arrested too.

Franklin County Sheriff Larry Plott says the case is unusual and disturbing.

"Even though this child would be weeks old it has the symptoms, feelings as an addict even though its small," says Sheriff Plott.

McCulloch says she was suspicious of the way Patterson acted when she came into the store and believes she was taking drugs. She didn't know it was meth.

"That's awful. Terrible. Any momma do her child that way. Terrible," says McCulloch.

DHR was notified and is assisting in the investigation.

No word on where the baby is now.

The couple has two other children.


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