First Woman Charged Under Tennessee’s Controversial Drugs-During-Pregnancy Law
Nolan Feeney @NolanFeeney – July 14, 2014
The new law has garnered criticism from the state’s American Civil Liberties Union and others
A woman in Tennessee last week became the first person to be charged under a controversial state law that can count illegal drug use during pregnancy as assault.
26-year-old Mallory Loyola was arrested July 8 and charged with misdemeanor assault after she and her newborn baby tested positive for meth, ABC News reports. Monroe County Sheriff Bill Bivens told a local news station in Knoxville, Tenn., that Loyola admitted to smoking meth days before the birth of her child. Continue reading