Arrest warrant issued for Sulphur mother

Published: Dec. 22, 2017 at 6:39 PM CST
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Back in January a still born was delivered at Mercy Hospital in Ardmore.

Now almost a year later, authorities are charging the mother with first degree murder.

According to court records, Cherie Mason checked into Mercy because she could not feel the baby moving.

The baby was pronounced dead in the womb and was removed by C-section.

She was 36 weeks along.

A medical examiner's report states the cause of death was probable methamphetamine toxicity.

"Nothing shocks me anymore with drugs," Kathy Gage said, "These poor babies."

Kathy Gage lives near Mason's home.

She has a friend who now takes care of someone that was born with drugs in their system.

"She is legally blind and she has other health problems so I know at first hand through her and it's just sad," Gates said.

Records show the Carter County Sheriff's Office opened the investigation but the case turned over to Murray County since Mason had visited a Sulphur hospital before and lived in town.

"It's not going to bring the baby back, it's not going to help that baby that was in so much pain," Gage said.

And this is not the first time Mason has had drug related charges.

A mug shot was taken in 2004 when she was convicted on drug possession.

Gage says she hopes the charge will make others think twice before doing drugs while they are pregnant.

"Save these babies," Gage said.

Authorities are still looking for Mason.

If you happen to know where she could be, give the Murray County Sheriff's department a call.