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2nd young Hawkins Co, mother arrested for drug use while pregnant

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“You know they all....pretend”

Since: Nov 08

Flush 'em out, TN

#1 May 10, 2010
http://www.timesnews.net/article.php...

Hawkins mother indicted for alleged prenatal drug use
BY Jeff Bobo
Published May 10th, 2010
ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County teen was arrested last week on a sealed indictment accusing her of using narcotics during her pregnancy last year.

Brittany Christina Helton, 19, 410 Watterson Gap Road, Surgoinsville, was named in a sealed Hawkins County grand jury indictment April 26 charging her with one count of felony reckless endangerment.

The indictment alleges that Helton placed her son, who was born Nov. 24, 2009, in imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury by using methamphetamine, hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxycodone throughout the course of her pregnancy.

The indictment describes the drugs as a “dangerous weapon.”

Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Detective Lt. Randy Collier said Monday that traces of those drugs were found in the infant’s system after he was born.

“The hospital notified DCS (Department of Children’s Services), and DCS made the referral to us,” Collier said.“We got all the lab work from the hospital, and then I interviewed the mother. She admitted that she used drugs throughout her pregnancy.”

Collier said when he served the warrant on Helton Thursday, he learned that the child is in the custody of boy’s father. Information about the child’s health was not available.

This is the second case in Hawkins County in less than a year related to alleged drug use during pregnancy.

Jessica Lynn Whitaker, 21, Surgoinsville, gave birth to a boy Sept. 27, 2009, that had OxyContin and Valium in his system.

Whitaker pleaded guilty in February to one count of felony reckless endangerment and was sentenced to one year in prison. That child was reported to be in good health and living with the father’s family members.

As of Monday, Helton remained lodged in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond. She is expected to be arraigned in Hawkins County Circuit Court in June.
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I'm going to ask a serious question here:
What the hell is the matter with these people?
They lawdy

Kingsport, TN

#2 May 10, 2010
We can pay a doctor to kill an unborn baby on purpose but we can't do drugs while pregnant. If you do enough meth to kill the unborn child is that okay?
Knows the girl

Johnson City, TN

#3 May 10, 2010
Well hun maybe the kids were screwed from the get go. Her parents are cousins and had her plus a couple of others. She's related to Tina Charles and that bunch. Need I say more?
Wondering

AOL

#4 May 10, 2010
How long are the law, DCS and the courts going to let the addicts run loose to breed again before something is finally done? These drugs work on the primitive area of the brain that controls hungers, breathing, anger, desire. That means the drug is as important or more important than air. More important than children. It will continue to get worse until the courts stop being a revolving door for these people and their children.
just a thought

Schaumburg, IL

#5 May 10, 2010
arn't the fathers to blame as well. when they do drugs together should he not be held acountable also.he should also know better. now the helton girls baby is in the fathers custody and his seventy five year old grandmother is taking care of it.
Common Sense

Whitwell, TN

#6 May 10, 2010
"What the hell is the matter with these people?"

I don't know anything about the particulars of this particular case, but in the general sense, surely you don't mean to suggest that there is anything wrong with unwed teen moms getting knocked up by their abusive rough and tumble bad boy gang banging pimps, drug dealers, etc, and then continuing to engage in heavy narcotic and methamphetamine use during the pregnancy, assuring they will give birth to yet another half retarded drug addicted violent brain warped church going Hawkins County resident?

Whatever could be the problem with that? Say, you aren't one of them snitches, are you?
do something

AOL

#7 May 11, 2010
When is the system going to wake up and do something about situations like this? They need to give the mother the 5 year birth control shots or or they don't get any more "benefits", such as food stamps and families first or whatever it is. Or better yet, fix both parents, end of story. That way their drugs can't harm any more babies
Exactly

Strawberry Plains, TN

#8 May 11, 2010
Knows the girl wrote:
Well hun maybe the kids were screwed from the get go. Her parents are cousins and had her plus a couple of others. She's related to Tina Charles and that bunch. Need I say more?
I agree. I know Brittany along with Tina, Shelly, and the rest of the bunch in the valley. You can find anything you would want over there and yes, they all screw thier cousins! They are a nasty bunch and I got outta there as quick as I could when I started catching on to everything.
JENNIE

United States

#9 May 11, 2010
What did you catch? Who knows, and i know you will never tell!
itsashame

Johnson City, TN

#10 May 11, 2010
i agree dcs the county and the state need to do something.. i am a foster parent and have a baby that was born addicted and nothing happened to the parents.. i have been told by several people that if u go to kingsport hospital that u can bring ur baby home just dont go to a morristown hospital or doctor.. so they all go to tammy baird so they can go to kingsport.. its sad nobody is drug testing these so called mothers and these children are suffering
Just saying

Hughes Springs, TX

#12 May 12, 2010
Anyone else find it strange, yet, interesting that both "mothers" are from Surgoinsville. Maybe this town has a drug problem beneath its sleepy exterior.
smoochy

Dandridge, TN

#13 May 12, 2010
JENNIE wrote:
What did you catch? Who knows, and i know you will never tell!
you damn smart ass, once i started realizing the environment i was in and what was really goin on i got the hell outta there! apparently you havent been down in the valley and really seen how everybody over there is
parent

Lewisburg, TN

#14 May 12, 2010
Some ppl dont understand how important thier childern really are.I am not saying i am perfect. I have done some drugs in my life but i tell u the truth when i say as soon as i found out i was pregant i stopped. I think that is the worse thing a woman can do is harm her unborn child. They dont ask to be put here. If u dont wanna stop doing drugs then keep your legs closed
Lawdy is gay

Hermitage, TN

#15 May 12, 2010
They lawdy wrote:
We can pay a doctor to kill an unborn baby on purpose but we can't do drugs while pregnant. If you do enough meth to kill the unborn child is that okay?
wow you really are stupid aren't you??
What Happened

United States

#16 May 12, 2010
HEY WHAT HAPPENED TO MY POST. I never said anything that was not the truth. About everyone that gets Prison time seems to go to the The House in Sneedville. Where you can visit outside smoke and even have relations if you pay the right person. Send the Bit3hes to Nashville where they will get a Good Taste of real Prison Life. Now what was wrong with that post??? Truth Hurt Someone in Charge over younder...
I agree

Hermitage, TN

#17 May 12, 2010
What Happened wrote:
HEY WHAT HAPPENED TO MY POST. I never said anything that was not the truth. About everyone that gets Prison time seems to go to the The House in Sneedville. Where you can visit outside smoke and even have relations if you pay the right person. Send the Bit3hes to Nashville where they will get a Good Taste of real Prison Life. Now what was wrong with that post??? Truth Hurt Someone in Charge over younder...
you are so right....send their ass somewhere that will make them regret ever being so stupid....thank you....ur probably the smartest poster on here.
CitizenJane

Cosby, TN

#18 May 12, 2010
TO: Common Sense.
Let me tell you something , you ignorant moron. Be careful how you refer to the innocent children that are born to these irresponsible people that would continue to use drugs during their pregnancy! These children are the victims and NOT " half retarded drug addicted violent brain warped church going Hawkins County resident"

How could anyone be so stupid to make that remark about these precious children.
The word "devil spirit comes to mind".

Now you respound to this!!!!
Common Sense wrote:
"What the hell is the matter with these people?"
I don't know anything about the particulars of this particular case, but in the general sense, surely you don't mean to suggest that there is anything wrong with unwed teen moms getting knocked up by their abusive rough and tumble bad boy gang banging pimps, drug dealers, etc, and then continuing to engage in heavy narcotic and methamphetamine use during the pregnancy, assuring they will give birth to yet another half retarded drug addicted violent brain warped church going Hawkins County resident?
Whatever could be the problem with that? Say, you aren't one of them snitches, are you?
What Happened

United States

#19 May 12, 2010
I agree wrote:
<quoted text> you are so right....send their ass somewhere that will make them regret ever being so stupid....thank you....ur probably the smartest poster on here.
But why mine? I speak what I feel in my heart. I have had them deleted from threads like," Thanks from Hawkins Today," "Cynthis B. Jackson," I can't remember which one & Many more.
This Town Can't Handle The Truth.
Thanks for Understanding & Agreeing.
just a thought

Schaumburg, IL

#20 May 12, 2010
will stephaine west be the next one. she is pregant and doing drugs every day.her family has tried to help her and her unborn baby.she likes the drugs better than her baby.one a little boy was born dead due to drugs. does this innocent little child stand a chance?

Since: May 10

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#21 May 12, 2010
I just don't understand this. I'm not even sure what hydromorphone is to be honest, but it is just beyond me that a mother would use anything during pregnancy. When I was pregnant I was terrified to even take tylenol. My children are precious to me and I would never have done anything to hurt them while I was pregnant. I have heard some say that women should be evaluated before being allowed to get pregnant and I initially disgreed with that but now I'm beginning to think they might be right. Those poor kids, what will happen to them. Did this girl not have prenatal care before she had this baby, did they not test her. I know when I was prenant,(maybe because my husband was in the military) they did a urine test every month, so IF she did recieve prenatal care how did they miss this.

Now when my best friend was prenant, she broke her foot and they gave her Lortab. Her Gynecologist said that it was okay for her to take since she was 16 weeks along, but if it were me, I would not have taken them, I think I would have just dealt with the pain, but that's just me. I don't understand how they think this is okay, to use drugs while you are pregnant.

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