Four women charged with child neglect in Ardmore after babies test positive for meth, one at large
Four women from Ardmore are charged with child neglect after they each gave birth to babies who tested positive for methamphetamine, all within a month's time frame.
Detective Landon Gary with Ardmore police said the women gave birth between Nov. 13 and Dec. 3.
"We've seen it come in waves," Gary said. "Of course, four is a lot within a month's time frame, within 30 days. That is a lot."
Court records show 41-year-old Charmaine Bruner, 22-year-old Racheal Ned, 30-year-old Brittany Cravatt and 28-year-old Megan Messenger all face one charge of child neglect.
Bruner has an arrest warrant filed and is not yet in custody.
Ardmore police said the women each gave birth to a baby that tested positive for methamphetamine.
"Of course, we never want to see any," Gary said. "But it just so happened that within this time frame, these four babies were born here. Unfortunately, these four had used very recently before birth."
Dr. Baker Fore said drugs can negatively affect a baby's brain while it is developing.
"So many of these kids will be born with mental defects, some of which may not even show up until later in life," Fore said. "With methamphetamine, if the drug level is very high in the baby's blood, it will have cardiovascular defects as well and, or could go into tachycardia and die."
Police say all four babies are still alive and either in the care of family or DHS.
"Any cases that we work with children are always tough whether it be child abuse, child neglect, in this case, child neglect by being drug-affected," Gary said. "I mean, these are tough for anybody to work. Nobody wants to see a child harmed.”
The three women who are in custody will be back in court on March 5.
Each woman could face up to life in prison if found guilty.