Indictment for mother accused of killing baby via drug use

Rachel Hanback (Source: Lauderdale Co. Detention Center)
Rachel Hanback (Source: Lauderdale Co. Detention Center)

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - A Lauderdale County woman has been indicted in a case the district attorney said is the first of its kind in the area, where an infant has died due to the mother's drug use.

District Attorney Chris Connolly said the mother could face anywhere from ten years to life in prison if convicted.

A Lauderdale County grand jury indicted 29-year-old Rachel Hanback for felony chemical endangerment of a child, and for those chemicals causing the infant's death. Investigators said the baby died after birth and tested positive for illegal drugs back in 2012.

Test results showed the baby had traces of meth and valium in its system. A background check run on Hanback only found previous arrests for forgery.

D.A. Connolly said this is a very serious case and will be treated as such. "The statute says if the drug use causes the death of a child, it's a Class A felony, so it's akin to murder," Connolly said.

Hanback's arraignment has been set for July 31.

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