Woman charged with possession while holding baby
by Bailey Richards
HAZARD — A Clay County woman was arrested Thursday after police say she was intoxicated and passed out several times while holding her newborn son in the waiting room of a local clinic.
Stacy E. Sizemore, 26, of Manchester, was allegedly under the influence when she went to Mountain After Hours Clinic on North Main Street. A call went out to the Hazard Police Department from people at the clinic who were concerned for the child’s health and safety, said Sgt. Paul Campbell with the Hazard Police Department, who added that Sizemore had been dropped off at the clinic by a family member.
It is unclear why she chose to drive such a distance to a clinic, Campbell said, though once she arrived, medical personnel immediately noticed she was under the influence. Sizemore allegedly had a piece of a crushed pill still on her shirt.
The child, who was described as being around a week old and premature, had almost been dropped at one point when Sizemore passed out while feeding him, Campbell said. When police arrived, they searched Sizemore and allegedly found hydrocodone and suboxone, both without a prescription.
Campbell said the child tested positive for drugs and was taken into emergency custody, and later transported to the hospital for an infant detox. It is believed that the child had been exposed to the drugs while the mother was pregnant.
The child’s grandmother took over custody after the baby got to the hospital, Campbell added.
Sizemore has been charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.
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