Massachusetts - The Heroin Epidemic Has A Silver Lining – 6/12/14
Criminal charges are now being brought against women in Alabama for “chemical endangerment of a child” which has been utilized to penalize mothers who use drugs during their pregnancy and has a mandatory sentence of 10 years to life (if the baby dies).
Originally enacted to protect children from meth labs, the law prohibits a “responsible person” from “exposing a child to an environment in which he or she…knowingly, recklessly or intentionally causes or permits a child to be exposed to, to ingest or inhale, or to have contact with a controlled substance, chemical substance or drug paraphernalia.”
Source: Time.com – April 26, 2012
“The statute under which Metz was charged provides that “[a]ny person who is responsible for a child’s welfare who, through his or her actions or failure to take action, intentionally contributes to the neglect of the child “is guilty of a Class D felony if death is a consequence of the neglect. Wis. Stat. § 948.21(1)(d). Thus, whether leaving the methadone accessible to Benjamin is framed as an affirmative act or as a failure to take protective action, the statute expressly contemplates that neglect can take either form.”
Source: Leagle – October 19, 2011