First mother arrested in Tennessee under new drug law
Image by Monroe County Sheriff's Office
A mother in Tennessee gave birth on July 6 and was arrested two days later under charges of simple assault against her newborn because she used drugs during her pregnancy.
Mallory Loyola, 26, is the first mother to be charged under the state's new drug law enacted on July 1.
"The new law states 'a woman may be prosecuted for assault for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant, if her child is born addicted to or harmed by the narcotic drug,'" The Tennessean explains.
"The Monroe County Sheriff's Office said Loyola and her young daughter both tested positive for amphetamine at the University of Tennessee Medical Center," reports The Tennessean. "Deputies say Loyola admitted to smoking meth three to four days before giving birth to her child."
"It's sad to see a child not getting an opportunity to come drug-free and given a chance. We want to see our children have a chance in life," Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens tells The Tennessean. "Children need the chance, and it's sad when you see children who come out born into the world already addicted to drugs."
Loyola has an arrest history with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office dating back to August 2012, including multiple methamphetamine charges.
As the investigation continues, the newborn has not been placed in state custody. Loyola, however, remains in the Monroe County jail, but no bond has yet been set.