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April 17, 2013

Two moms charged with child endangerment

Two mothers accused of giving birth to babies who tested positive for illegal drugs have been charged with chemical endangerment of a child, an official said.

On Wednesday, Limestone County Sheriff’s investigators arrested Angel Nichole Queen, 32, of 27035 Persimmon Tree Road in Limestone County, records show. When Queen gave birth to her son Jan. 30, both she and her son tested positive for methamphetamine, Limestone County Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said. While being interviewed by investigators, Queen admitted she had used meth a few times during her pregnancy, McNatt said. The Limestone County Department of Human Resources reported the incident to the Sheriff's Department.

In a separate incident Tuesday, records show sheriff’s investigators arrested Clara Joy-Louise Haynes, 27, of 16050 American Way in Athens. When Haynes gave birth to her son March 27, both she and her child tested positive for marijuana, McNatt said. Haynes admitted during her interview she had smoked marijuana throughout her pregnancy. The Department of Human Resources reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Department.

Queen and Haynes were each booked into the Limestone County Jail, where they remained Wednesday afternoon.

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