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Police say baby boy born in Deadwood was addicted to drugs

RAPID CITY (AP) -- A Nebraska woman is facing felony charges after her child was found to be suffering from drug withdrawals shortly after his birth at a South Dakota hospital.

RAPID CITY (AP) - A Nebraska woman is facing felony charges after her child was found to be suffering from drug withdrawals shortly after his birth at a South Dakota hospital.

The Rapid City Journal reports that 28-year-old Chelsea Avila, of Minatare, Nebraska, pleaded not guilty to child abuse and ingesting a controlled substance. She faces up to 25 years in prison.

Authorities say Avila delivered a 6-pound baby boy at Lead-Deadwood Regional Hospital on June 13. Hospital staff noticed several health problems with the infant.

Court documents show that the mother tested positive for marijuana, methamphetamine and opiates. The baby was found to have opiates and methamphetamine in his system.

Avila's attorney, Joseph Kosel, could not be immediately reached for comment.

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