Decatur police say a Hartselle woman is facing a chemical endangerment charge after they found out her child tested positive for cocaine after she gave birth.
Investigators say Nastarsha Bolding, 29, gave birth to a boy September 1, which was when they tested the newborn. After the Morgan County Department of Human Resources found out about the positive test, they conducted a joint investigation with Decatur authorities.
Police were able to obtain a warrant for Bolding's arrest Tuesday as a result of the investigation, and Bolding turned herself in Wednesday.
Bolding was transferred to the Morgan County Jail on a $2,500 bond.
Police say it is unknown at this time if the child will suffer any long-term disabilities as a result of the cocaine exposure.
The Organization of Teratology Information Specialists says cocaine can stay in a newborn's system for approximately 2-7 days. Babies that are exposed to cocaine can have lower birth weight and are more likely to die in their first month. They may also be more likely to life-long disabilities.
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