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Mom charged after infant tests positive for marijuana ingredient

Published 3:18pm Friday, January 24, 2014

A Somerville woman has been arrested after her baby born in October tested positive for a marijuana.

Alyssa Lyn Maples, 19, of Somerville
Alyssa Lyn Maples, 19, of Somerville

Alyssa Lyn Maples, 19, of Somerville turned herself into the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department and was charged with a violation of the drug endangered child act. She has been released on $2,500 bond.

Morgan County Department of Human Resources contacted the sheriff’s special victims unit and reported that the suspect had given birth Oct. 24, 2013,  to a child that had tested positive for the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the infant’s meconium. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.

Meconium is the earliest of infant stools in mammals. It is composed of material that is ingested by the infant while it is in the womb.

The special victims unit opened a criminal investigation and later obtained a warrant for Maples.

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