Mother arrested after baby eats meth

March 29, 2011 at 9:03 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2011 at 10:29 p.m.

A Bloomington woman remained jailed Tuesday after doctors said her 9-month old baby ate methamphetamines.

On March 10, Mary Ann Knox-Hale, 34, brought her sick child into DeTar Hospital Navarro, said Chief Deputy Terry Simons, with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office.

After examining the infant and talking to the mother, doctors determined the child had likely eaten an unknown substance, later identified as meth, Simons said.

While the child was at the hospital, the mother allegedly returned to her home in the 3300 block of Farm-to-Market Road 616 to clean up what Simons described as the remnants of a meth lab.

Deputies arrested Knox-Hale and charged her with abandoning or endangering a child and tampering with evidence, both of which carried a $20,000 bond, Simons said.

The district attorney later filed a charge of injury to a child, Simons said.

Simons was unable to comment on the condition of the child. He did not know whether Knox-Hale has other children.



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