http://www.tidewaternews.com/news/20...-babys-system/A 21-year-old Franklin woman was arrested Thursday after cocaine was found in her 7-month-old daughterís system.
Franklin police spokesman Lt. Tim Whitt said officers assisted the Franklin Department of Social Services with the removal of two children from Megan Bantonís apartment in the 300 block of Artis Street on Wednesday.
ďWe just went up there to assist them,Ē Whitt said.
The two children subsequently received medical examinations. Cocaine was found in the system of a 7-month-old girl, the younger of the two. Police were notified and began an investigation.
Whitt didnít have any information about the childrenís father and said Banton could face additional charges as the investigation continues.
http://www.wvec.com/news/Franklin-wo...-91909234.htmlFranklin police say the Artis Street home was searched Thursday and they seized items consistent with narcotics use.
Banton, 21, wasn't home at the time, but she turned herself in to police that evening, according to police spokesman Lt. Tim Whitt.
A search warrant reveals when officers went inside the home a "strong odor of feces" hit them at the door. Plastic baggies, blades and straws were also found spread out on a table in the living room, the document shows.
A detective found the infant sleeping in a bedroom under a soiled sheet with a bottle hanging from her lips, according to the warrant.
A urinalysis screening of the child came back positive for crack.
Detectives say they found Similac formula cans in the kitchen and concluded the infant had to have been directly exposed.
Court records show that a man overdosed and died in Baton's house a week ago.
http://www.wtkr.com/news/wtkr-frankl...,2795210.storyPolice say the baby was living in an active drug house...
Neighbors like Leshia Murphy on Artis Street in Franklin say there is no excuse for a baby to end up that way.
"I really don't think she deserves the title of a mother to do something like that and if you needed help, you should have gone to somebody and gotten help," Murphy said.
"You never see no kids, you didn't know no kids was in the house because you never see them," said Murphy.
According to the search warrant, Social Services told Banton she could keep her children if she would take a drug test that came back negative. She said no because she knew she would test positive for cocaine. In the court papers police say Banton even admitted she used cocaine in the house while her kids were asleep.
It was also determined that the baby was directly exposed to the cocaine as opposed to getting it from Banton's breastmilk because she was not breastfeeding.