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Wilson woman pleads guilty to child neglect after infant tested positive for meth

Sierra Rains
srains@ardmoreite.com
Savannah Dawn Weatherford

A Wilson woman pled guilty to a charge for child neglect Wednesday after her infant reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine in September of 2019.

Savannah Dawn Weatherford, 24, received a five-year deferred sentence and will be serving 90 days in the Carter County Jail before being released on probation with a $1,000 fine.

During her probation period, Weatherford is required to take parenting classes and comply with Department of Human Services stipulations.

Deputies from the Carter County Sheriff’s Office reportedly apprehended Weatherford in January, 2020 for an arrest warrant issued shortly after a drug test came back with a positive result for methamphetamine in her infant’s system.

The child, now seven-months old, was born dependent on methamphetamine on Sep. 5, 2019, according to an affidavit by a Carter County deputy.

The local hospital where the child was born reportedly sent the infant’s umbilical cord to the United States Drug Testing Laboratories in Illinois to be examined. According to the affidavit, the results showed a total of 71 ng/g of methamphetamine present in the umbilical cord.

A Carter County deputy reportedly interviewed Weatherford concerning the test results on Oct. 30. During the interview Weatherford admitted that she had used methamphetamine and un-prescribed Xanax during her pregnancy.

“Savannah stated she used methamphetamine while pregnant with (the child) and stated the amount was usually less than a month but more than once per week,” the deputy wrote in an affidavit.