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Couple Charged After Baby Tests Positive For Coke, Meth (Photos)

| by Michael Howard
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A Texas couple were arrested after their 8-month-old baby tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine.

Rebecca Lynne Landry, 21, and Terren Gevon Morris, 26, were arrested in Dallas, according to the Daily Mail. Both are charged with abandoning or endangering a child.

Landry was released from Collin County Jail after posting $10,000 bond. Morris is still being held and is awaiting a court hearing.

Texas Child Protection Services said it had been investigating Landry and Morris since April, when it received a report that Landry was smoking marijuana while pregnant. The same report indicated that Landry had been smoking methamphetamine while breastfeeding.

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During an interview, Landry reportedly told CPS she smoked marijuana as a teenager but hadn't done so in years. She said the last time she smoked methamphetamine was on New Year's Eve. She also admitted to using cocaine in April.

Morris stated that he had not been taking drugs because he was on parole following a burglary conviction.

Drug tests, however, showed that both Landry and Morris had trace amounts of cocaine and methamphetamine in their systems at the time.

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Their 8-month-old son, meanwhile, reportedly had "high levels" of methamphetamine in his system. He was removed from their custody in May after authorities opened an investigation into the couple's drug abuse.

This wouldn't be the first time a baby had ingested drugs as a result of breastfeeding. In September 2016, an Arizona couple who both were local news reporters pleaded guilty to child endangerment after their 4-month-old tested positive for cocaine, according to the New York Daily News.

Krystin and Somchai Lisaius took their child to the hospital after she became "wobbly" and "limp" and was "unable to wake up," Tucson Weekly reported at the time. A urinalysis and toxicology screening revealed the presence of cocaine in the child's system.

Krystin later admitted to breastfeeding the child a day after using cocaine at a party. She and her husband were arrested and charged with a number of crimes, including possession of a dangerous drug and child abuse. They no longer work in television.

Such cases often have tragic consequences. In March, it was discovered that a 15-day-old baby from Liverpool who in November 2016 was found dead in his crib had traces of cocaine in his system. While the medical examiner couldn't say for sure whether the cocaine had caused the child's death, the autopsy revealed he had no pre-existing conditions and was not suffering from any disease, according to Metro.

It was unclear how the cocaine entered the child's system.

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News, Tucson Weekly, Metro / Photo Credit: Pixabay, Collin County Sheriff's Office via Daily Mail, New York Daily News

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