GAFFNEY, S.C. - A 21-year-old Gaffney woman received a four-year prison sentence for taking illegal drugs during her pregnancy.
Pamela Jane Cruz-Reyes was arrested last month after testing positive for having cocaine in her blood. Cruz-Reyes pleaded guilty in court Monday, admitting to authorities she used cocaine and smoked marijuana during her pregnancy.
Deputies were called to Upstate Carolina Medical Center on Thanksgiving Day at the request of the state Social Services Department regarding the welfare of Cruz-Reyes' newborn infant. The baby was taken into emergency protective custody and has since been placed in foster care by the state agency.
Cruz-Reyes told authorities she was addicted to cocaine and marijuana before she got pregnant. Cruz-Reyes says she smoked one marijuana cigarette with hopes it might help her morning sickness. Cruz-Reyes says she used cocaine three days before giving birth to ease pain from a toothache.
Prosecutor Trey Gowdy says Cruz-Reyes' addiction was so severe she put her baby in harm's way.
I am seeing more and more horror stories like this one daily. Women give birth and the hospital proceeds to test the baby for whatever strikes their fancy, then proceed to call in the government sanctioned kidnappers to KIDNAP newborns.
If Ms. Cruz-Reyes had such an awful addiction how come her Obstetrician did not offer her help while pregnant?
Who will be helped by the state stealing newborn babies from their mothers?
The horror of that is unimaginable. The mother and baby miss a CRITICAL bonding time.