JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Bond is set at $10,000 for two new parents while their infant struggles with crystal meth withdrawal.
Sara Pace and Kevin Hall of Laurel were charged with child abuse after Jones County officials say Pace admitted smoking crystal meth while she was pregnant. Officials said Pace told them Hall supplied those drugs.
Authorities said this isn't the first time they've had to arrest a new mother after birthing an addicted baby. They say it's an increasingly common trend, and the results can be deadly.
Allyson Knotts with the Jones County Sheriff's Department said the county has had about seven mothers arrested for taking narcotics while pregnant.
"When you endanger someone else with your usage, it takes it to that different level," Knotts said. "We won't stand for child abuse. It's not okay no matter the situation.
Pine Grove addiction therapist Issac Boose said this addiction is very serious and isn't surprised by the mothers' actions.
"Some people are so deep into their addiction, they can't stop," Boose said. "That's the only thing they wake up for during the day and they don't look into that there is another life."
In the past two years. Laurel has seen an increase in meth arrests. Sgt. Vince Williams with Laurel Narcotics Task force said within Laurel city limits the department has made 35 arrests and seized about 300 grams of meth in 2015.
"Our narcotics division is continuously out there to find these narcotics and get them off the street," Knotts said. "If it's illegal, it's illegal"