JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Jasper Police Department arrested a 29-year-old woman on a child endangerment charge earlier this month in connection to allegations that her then-newborn son tested positive for meth in December of 2016.
Tamekia Samuel, of Houston, is still being held in the Jasper County Jail on a state-jail felony child endangerment charge.
Lt. Garrett Foster, a spokesman for the Jasper Police Department, said that a JPD investigator spoke to a Child Protective Services investigator on Feb. 9 in regard to a baby boy who was born on Dec. 28, 2016.
The CPS investigator said they were notified of the situation by a staff member at Jasper Memorial Hospital. The nurse told the CPS investigator that Samuel tested positive for methamphetamines a few weeks before she gave birth to her son, King, Foster said.
In addition, the nurse told the CPS investigator that Samuel admitted to her that she had not had any prenatal care while she was pregnant with her child, Foster said. The nurse told the CPS officer that Samuel had been in the JMH emergency room on Dec. 8, 2016, and during that visit, Samuel tested positive for meth and benzodiazepines, Foster said.
When the investigator interviewed Samuel, she allegedly admitted to using meth about a week before she gave birth to her son.
The CPS investigator told the Jasper PD investigator that she had talked to the staff in the nursery at JMH, and they told her that the child was being given intravenous antibiotics because he showed signs of having an infection at birth, Foster said. The CPS investigator also said a test revealed that Samuel's baby boy had high levels of meth in his system, Foster said.
The Jasper PD investigator got the results on the baby boy's drug test back from the United States Drug Testing Laboratories on April 9. The child tested positive for amphetamines and methamphetamine at the time of his birth, Foster said.