HANFORD, Calif. — A California mother has been charged with first-degree murder after her baby boy was born stillborn and medical examiners found high levels of methamphetamine in the child’s system.
Chelsea Becker, 25, had already lost custody of three other children who were born with a meth addiction, two of whom live with Becker’s aunt.
Detectives believe that she still used methamphetamine with the knowledge that she was pregnant with her fourth. Her son had six times the toxic level of meth when examined by the Kings County Coroner’s Office.
“The levels of methamphetamine in this baby’s system were such high levels, even for an adult, so we believe she was using almost the whole entire time she was pregnant,” Sergeant Justin Vallin of the Hanford Police Department told television station KSEE and KGPE.
Becker gave birth in September at a local hospital, and was taken into custody on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She is being held in the Kings County Jail on $5 million bail, and was arraigned on Wednesday, during which time she pleaded not guilty.
Reports state that Becker admitted to police that she had used meth as recently as three days before giving birth.
However, some that advocate for abortion “rights” and believe that women should not be charged in the willful death of the unborn decried Becker’s prosecution. Writing for The Cut, Hannah Gold opined that Becker’s “arrest attests to a troubling and growing pattern of women
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