Mom arrested after giving birth to meth-addicted baby
ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) -- A Whitesboro Texas woman was arrested Wednesday, after giving birth in Ardmore to a baby that tested positive for methamphetamine last month.
"You just don't expect things like that when you live in a small town, a fairly rural area," Neighbor Lynda Thomson said. "You want to pretend those are big city problems, but maybe they're not all the time."
Thomson has lived in Whitesboro for four years, and has a 17-year-old son. That's why she was shocked to hear a neighbor of hers, who court documents say used marijuana and meth throughout her pregnancy, gave birth to a baby who tested positive for meth.
"You don't realize how hard it really is to bring a successful life into the world," Thomson said. "And running risks with a pregnancy and a child is not the thing to do."
Kirsten Landeros, 23, gave birth to the baby girl in May, but was arrested for felony child neglect Wednesday after a joint investigation by the Carter County Sheriff's Office and Department of Human Services.
Babies exposed to meth are at a higher risk of brain and spinal cord damage, heart defects, skeletal abnormalities and intestinal defects.
Thomson said she hopes this baby, who has been taken into protective custody, gets the care she needs.
"There are generous people in the world, and people whose job it is to take care of people that start out with such a disadvantage, when things are so hard as it is." Thomson said.
If found guilty, Landeros could face a year in jail..
D.H.S says if you're worried about the welfare of a child, don't wait. Pick up the phone and call their child abuse and neglect hotline at 1-800-522-3511.