Tenn. mom whose infant tested positive for drugs must undergo treatment

Tenn. mom whose infant tested positive for drugs must undergo treatment (Image 1)
Tenn. mom whose infant tested positive for drugs must undergo treatment (Image 1)

MADISONVILLE (WATE) – A Monroe County mother who was arrested after her newborn baby tested positive for drugs has pleaded guilty to a probation violation and must work with the Helen Ross McNabb Center to get drug treatment.

Mallory Loyola was charged with misdemeanor assault after her baby girl, born July 6 at UT Medical Center, tested positive for meth. Deputies arrested the 26-year-old new mom as she was being discharged.

The assault charge will be continued until February 3, 2015. At that time, the judge will review if Loyola has completed the New Beginnings drug treatment program offered by Helen Ross McNabb. If she successfully completes the treatment, the charges may be dropped.

Loyola has a history of meth-related arrests in Monroe County. Her attorney says she is currently working with the Department of Children’s Services to get her daughter back. The attorney says DCS and the judge will decide at a later date if she is allowed visitation with her child.

She was arrested under a new state law that allows a mother to be prosecuted for assault or homicide if she takes an illegal drug while pregnant and the baby is addicted, harmed or dies because of the drug use.

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