Lumberton mother charged after newborn tests positive for meth

Lumberton mother charged after newborn tests positive for meth

LUMBERTON, MS (WDAM) - A Lumberton woman is facing felony child abuse charges after her newborn daughter tested positive for "high amounts" of methamphetamine.

Lumberton Police Chief Carlus Page said Ashley Nicole Barnett gave birth to the baby girl on April 11.

That day, officers responded to an anonymous tip about Barnett allegedly using meth in an apartment on West Main Street. The tipster reported Barnett had just delivered a baby.

Page said when officers arrived on the scene, they found Barnett and the newborn. The baby was blue in the face and was immediately taken to Forrest General Hospital, Page said. Barnett was covered in blood  and told officers she had just delivered the baby an hour before and cut the umbilical cord herself.

According to Page, the baby was tested for drugs at the hospital. He said the test revealed the baby girl did have methamphetamine in her system.

Page said the child is now in the custody of the state. Barnett was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Lamar County Jail.

Page said the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Marshals Task Force assisted in the investigation and arrest.