Authorities Say Wiregrass Moms Give Infants Drugs

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Monday morning, Dothan Police arrested Nevalyn Teague after she gave birth late last week to a newborn.

Last week, Covington County authorities also arrested Tiffany Michelle Hitson under a similar condition.

Authorities say Teague's newborn had cocaine in its system, while Hitson's child had cocaine, marijuana, and opiates.

"That baby was under the influence and had to go through the withdrawal process under the doctor's care," says Dothan Police Lieutenant David Jay.

A new Alabama state law has recently gone into affect, which makes it a Class B felony to expose a child in any way to drugs.

Officials with Spectra Care say the long-term effects of such actions prove detrimental to a child's growth.

"It's a cycle, where they become addicted earlier on and they get into drugs, they become underemployed, they drop out of school" says Spectra Substance Abuse Prevention Services Director Webb Reyner.

Lt. Jay says this is why they support the new law. "We're concerned about this issue because even if one child is affected that's one child to too many,” he says. “That's why we want to use this new law to enforce."

Dothan narcotics officers say arresting a child's parent isn't easy at times.

"We try to assure the kids that it's going to be okay, that they are safe and sound and they don't have to be afraid anymore," says Dothan Police Sergeant Governor Jackson.

Authorities also say this is a continual problem in Dothan, one they are trying to curb.

Nevalyn Teague is currently being held in the Houston County Jail under a $50,000 dollar bond, while Tiffany Hitson is being held under a $200,000 dollar bond.