Woman’s baby born addicted to drugs
May 8, 2009
A North Summit woman who gave birth to a drug-addicted baby in January could be sentenced June 29 after she pleaded guilty Monday to felony endangerment of a child.
"Mothers cannot abuse their children," Summit County Attorney David Brickey said. "If adults are injuring children intentionally, they need to go to jail or prison."
Shannon M. Snyder, 29, admitted she ingested methadone, cocaine and opiates while pregnant with a child born Jan. 13.
"Ms. Snyder did expose her fetus child to controlled substances by either ingesting or inhaling them during her pregnancy," Brickey said. "She admitted in front of the judge that she ingested and inhaled these drugs, causing the child to be born addicted."
The baby suffered from withdrawal symptoms at birth, he said.
"She went all the way to Evanston, Wyo., gave birth to the child, and the medical staff there said, ‘this child is in immediate respiratory distress and needs to be transported by Life Flight to Primary Children’s Medical Center,’" Brickey said.
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For several weeks the baby was hospitalized, he said.
"It had to go through withdrawal and treatment," Brickey said. "If the child had been born permanently injured it would be a second-degree felony. At this point the child seems to be fine."
Snyder’s attorney was not immediately available to comment about the case.