UPDATE 12/6/11 @ 8:50 p.m.<quoted text>
You need to get your facts straight.........She wasn't arrested....so if you dont know what you are talking about just don't talk at all......They did a drug test and she was fine.......
PIKEVILLE, Ky.(WSAZ)-- Shooting up just as she's about to have a baby -- that's the case for a woman eight months pregnant and arrested on drug possession charges.
It's a growing problem that's even shocking police.
“I've been in this business 17 years and just when you thought you've seen it all, you see something new,” Pikeville Police Officer Tony Conn said.
What Conn saw was Erica Coleman and her boyfriend sitting in a car behind the Hardee's in Pikeville -- acting suspicious.
“As soon as I walked up, I could tell they were clearly under the influence," Conn said. "They could barely hold their heads up, and I saw needle marks in their hands. She advised me that she was eight months pregnant."
Conn called paramedics to check out Coleman's condition. She was taken to a local hospital for evaluation, cleared and then taken to jail. But, she only spent one night there before a judge released her during her arraignment to home confinement.
“We don’t have those facilities in the jail," Conn said. "So, she’ll be at home under her parents’ care. I think the judge made a good call there."
Recently, WSAZ.com aired an investigation on babies addicted at birth and found as many as 50 percent of babies born in parts of our region are born to drug-addicted mothers.
“The babies have cramps, their organs aren't developed. They're in pain,” Neonatologist Renee Domanico said.
For Coleman, it will be an uphill battle for her baby as she fights her own addictions and now criminal charges.
Coleman is charged with public intoxication, drug possession and possessing drug paraphenalia. She's expected to give birth any day.