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Mother facing charges after newborn tests positive for meth

DEADWOOD (AP) -- Authorities in western South Dakota have charged a woman who delivered a baby at a Deadwood hospital with child abuse and drug-related counts after the boy tested positive for opiates and methamphetamine.

DEADWOOD (AP) - Authorities in western South Dakota have charged a woman who delivered a baby at a Deadwood hospital with child abuse and drug-related counts after the boy tested positive for opiates and methamphetamine.

The Black Hills Pioneer reports the 28-year-old woman from Minatare, Nebraska, gave birth to the boy in mid-June.

Court records show staff at a Spearfish hospital told law enforcement that the baby had exhibited drug-withdrawal symptoms, including jitteriness, poor feeding, unhealthy sucking and swallowing, and uncontrolled sneezing.

The newspaper reports the woman told hospital staff that she had used marijuana during her pregnancy. Records show the woman tested positive for marijuana and meth.

The Associated Press is not naming the woman so as not to identify the baby. Her attorney declined to comment on the case Thursday.

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