Monday, October 09, 2006

In the News

Okay, I think that I'm ready to come out from under my rock. Time has helped and I have a lot to talk about. Especially today--this has been kind of big news in my town for the last couple of days and here's the story from today's paper. ( I had a link but changed my mind. And then I took out eveyone's last names for fear of being linked back to. I don't know if that helps or not. Anyway.)

Mother gets 5 years for drug use
Stacey S. admits to using meth, pot while she was pregnant.
Marcus K. The Associated Press

In the third such case in four years in Webster County, a Marshfield woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for using methamphetamine and marijuana during pregnancy.
Webster County Assistant Prosecutor John A said his office pushed for prison time rather than probation to send a message that it is unacceptable for addicts to force their habit on an unborn child.
Stacey S, 26, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child and was sentenced Thursday.
She gave birth in February in a car on the shoulder of Interstate 44 while being driven to a Springfield hospital by a girlfriend.
When she finally made it to the hospital, blood tests detected methamphetamine in the bodies of both the mother and the baby girl, investigators said in a probable-cause statement.
The child was immediately taken into state custody and now lives in a foster home, A said.
S. told investigators she was already addicted to methamphetamine when she discovered she was pregnant.
She said she tried to quit by switching to marijuana but was still using methamphetamine once a month.
She said she went into labor at a friend's house in Marshfield after smoking methamphetamine there.
She said she smoked marijuana to ease the pain of labor.
The sentence was two years short of the maximum of seven years that could have been imposed, A. said Friday.
He said similar sentences had been imposed in the two previous convictions of mothers who used meth during pregnancy.
"It's an egregious offense. When you make a decision as a drug user to subject yourself to all the negative impact of methamphetamine, you're doing it as an adult. But when you start making it for an unborn child and afflicting that child with methamphetamine addiction, that's a whole other level," A. said.

She actually gave birth on Februrary 3rd. Let's see, what was I doing on Februrary 3rd? Oh yeah, my husband and I were waiting on the results from the tests that would definitively tell us that our son was completely brain dead. Also on our agenda that day was to authorize the termination of Nate's life support and then we held him as he wheezed like a little squeaky toy and then finally died in our arms. The news of this roadside birth was all that I heard in the week following Nate's death. That and shots of Britney speeding down the road with her son on her lap behind the steering wheel. I think that's when I started to get a little pissy.

I hate this woman and I hope she rots in hell. I eat too many filet o' fish sandwiches and my baby dies. She takes metham-fucking-phetamines and her baby lives. But most of all, I hate her for what she did to her baby. That child will suffer for this for the rest of her life. I'm sure that she did irreversible damage to her daughter. It's horrible. And you know, the worst thing is that she probably will do it again. And she's probably done it before. She has other kids--it's just so sad. My heart is just broken for that little girl and her other children.

Well that was my big fat rant for the day. Ahhh, I feel better. I'm going to get caught up with everyone--I knew that I needed to come back when I started waking up in the middle of the night and talking to myself again. In other news, I am very bummed that T & T got kicked off of the Amazing Race last night. I was really hoping that the Barbies would go. I also can't stop peeing on sticks no matter how many times they turn out negative. Must. Stop.


vixanne wigg said...

Hugs. :( It sucks and it isn't fair. Awful, stupid world.

Rosepetal said...
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Rosepetal said...

Glad to see you're back! I see you've updated your profile. (((Hugs)))

kate said...

I am glad you are back!

That is a really sucky story with really sucky timing. Ugh.

Julie said...

I shiver with anger at the unfairness of it. I hope she gets her little dose of hell soon.

Jill said...

Glad to see you back and the world does indeed suck. She could be sent down for a lifetime and the scales still don't even begin to balance towards some sort of justice.

Anam Cara said...

Yeah, this really make me so angry at the unfairness of it all. When your baby dies, and esp. when your baby dies during labor like Kate and Thomas, and you hear this kind of a story, a druggie who has a quick roadside birth with no problems, it just pisses me off. And the fact that she probably got pregnant quite easily and potentially will again and do damage to another baby is just so so so so twisted and unfair.

Anonymous said...

So agree, so many stories of useless mother druggies, alchies etc. wouldn't know where to start...I feel for you Laura.

... and stop peeing on sticks girl, you know it makes sense :) :) :)

Glad to see your back...

Anam Cara said...

Laura, I am so sorry for the typo. I meant Nate not Kate. Although what I wrote apply's to Sarah's Kate (and Kristin's Thomas too). Please know that I didn't mean any disrespect to you or your darling Nate when I made that typo. Another reason why I really should re-read below I post. Ugh. Sorry.

Laura said...

Anam, no no no, don't worry! I didn't even think about that! I know that you'd never say anything to upset me :) (((hugs)))