Mother faces child neglect charge after baby tests positive for meth in Carter Co.

CARTER COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - A Carter County woman is facing child neglect charges after her newborn tested positive for meth.

Court records show Savannah Dawn Weathford of Wilson gave birth at Mercy hospital in late August.

Her baby girl's umbilical cord was sent to a drug lab for testing, coming back positive for meth.

Records show the 24-year-old was interviewed by deputies in October who told them she had used meth and un-prescribed Xanax during her pregnancy.

Sheriff Chris Bryant says a warrant was filed a few weeks later and she was arrested Friday.

"People that are in that situation, all they care about is their addiction," Bryant said. "You know once they stop that and they do have the child, the child faces withdrawal, just like a normal adult would."

Dr. Baker Fore has been a family physician for more than 40 years and has delivered more than 400 babies in that time.

He says he has seen the effects of drugs on newborns firsthand.

"Many of them have birth defects," Fore said. "(It) definitely affects the brain because it's a very sensitive time in your development, as a fetus is when you brain is being developed. You need maximum blood flow and nothing to interfere, nothing that's toxic, that can make that go wrong. This is the saddest thing I think I've ever seen in medicine."

Bryant said his office works tirelessly to combat illegal drugs and their effects on families.

"So we have to be able to stop that and intervene when we can, when it's possible," Bryant said. "That's the reason I continuously say 'If you see something, say something' because we want to be there, we want to be on the front lines."

Bryant said the child is still alive and is now in DHS custody.

Weatherford faces one charge of child neglect.

She has bonded out of jail and is due back in court next month.