Mom who tested positive for cocaine after giving birth jailed in

Mom who tested positive for cocaine after giving birth jailed in Tuscaloosa

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Kacie Blankenship (Photo: Tuscaloosa County Jail) Kacie Blankenship (Photo: Tuscaloosa County Jail)
Surveillance video captured Blankenship leaving the hospital shortly after giving birth. Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department Surveillance video captured Blankenship leaving the hospital shortly after giving birth. Source: Tuscaloosa Police Department
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A woman accused of exposing her baby to drugs while in the womb is now in the Tuscaloosa County jail.

Kacie Blankenship, 23, is accused of chemically endangering the welfare of a child. She was booked in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on bonds of $15,000 Tuesday. She was arrested in Birmingham in January and held in Limestone County on unrelated charges before being transferred to Tuscaloosa County this week.

Last year, Tuscaloosa police released security video of a woman believed to be Blankenship leaving DCH soon after giving birth. Court records say in September of 2013, she went into labor at the America's Value Inn and gave birth to a boy.

During a drug screening, she tested positive for cocaine, meth and opiates. A drug screening for her baby tested positive for cocaine and opiates.

Authorities also say she pulled out her IV and left the hospital without permission. Court documents go on to say she gave false information about herself at the hospita and that she had nowhere for the baby to go.

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