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Missouri Mom Arrested For Smoking Meth Next To Baby

| by Karin Sun
Facebook photo of Ashley Ann Lewis smoking meth next to babyFacebook photo of Ashley Ann Lewis smoking meth next to baby

A Missouri woman was arrested after a photo of her smoking methamphetamine while sitting next to her baby went viral on social media.

Ashley Ann Lewis, 28, of Richmond, Missouri, was pictured in the photo smoking the drug from a glass pipe while sitting on a couch next to her 6-month-old daughter, Fox 4 reported.

The photo, which was posted to Facebook by an unidentified acquaintance of Lewis, was accompanied by the caption: "Please help my friend Ashley Lewis and I stop using meth. We can't even stop with a baby around. We need help!"

The original post has since been removed from the social media site.

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After the photo came to the attention of the Richmond Police Department, authorities tracked Lewis down in a hotel where she was living at the time and conducted a search on March 18.

They found eight glass pipes that tested positive for methamphetamine residue, among other drug paraphernalia.

When questioned by police, Lewis admitted that the pipes belonged to her and that she had been smoking meth in the Facebook photo.

"She said the picture was about a month old, and she did indicate that it was her smoking meth in the picture," Det. Scott Bagley of the Richmond Police Department told Fox 4.

Lewis was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and first degree endangering the welfare of a child. She is currently being held in the Ray County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

Her daughter was taken into protective custody.

"She was obviously very upset, believing that life was over, that she was going to no longer get to see her kid," Bagley added.

If convicted of all charges, Lewis could face up to 15 years in prison.

Lewis's mom said her daughter needs rehabilitation for her drug addiction.

According to data published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 5.7 percent of American adults over the age of 26 who were surveyed in 2014 have used methamphetamine at least once in their lifetime.

Sources: Fox 4, National Institute on Drug Abuse / Photo Credit: Fox 4

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