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Wilson woman facing charge for child neglect, infant allegedly tests positive for meth

Sierra Rains
srains@ardmoreite.com
Savannah Dawn Weatherford

A Wilson woman is reportedly facing complaints for child neglect after a drug test allegedly showed a positive result for methamphetamine in her infant’s system.

The Carter County Sheriff’s Office apprehended Savannah Dawn Weatherford, 24, on Friday, Jan. 3 after a warrant was issued for her arrest in November.

According to Carter County court documents, Weatherford is accused of neglecting her child, now five months old, by exposing her to methamphetamine at the time of her birth.

According to an affidavit by a Carter County Deputy, on Sep. 5, 2019, officers were notified by the District Attorney’s Office of an infant that had allegedly been exposed to or born dependent on methamphetamine.

Mercy Hospital, where the child was born, reportedly sent the infant’s umbilical cord to the United States Drug Testing Laboratories in Illinois for testing. According to the affidavit, the results showed a total of 71 ng/g of methamphetamine present in the umbilical cord.

On Oct. 30, the Carter County deputy interviewed Weatherford about the test results. During the interview, Weatherford allegedly admitted that she had used methamphetamine 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 the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Weatherford allegedly admitted to using un-prescribed Xanax during her pregnancy as well.

If found guilty, Weatherford faces up to life imprisonment in the custody of the Department of Corrections, imprisonment not exceeding one year in a county jail, or a fine of no more than $5,000, or both a fine and imprisonment.

Weatherford reportedly bonded out of jail for the amount of $1,000 cash Friday.