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Pregnant Woman Charged With Child Endangering After Drug, Alcohol Use

UPDATE: DAYTON--A Dayton woman, 7 months pregnant, may face child endangering charges, after over dosing on heroin.

Police said Brittany McCoy, 24 was found  in this parking lot on South Jefferson Tuesday night.    

According to police she was unconscious and turning blue.  When she was revived, she told police she was 7 months pregnant and admitted to snorting heroin and drinking liquor all day.

McCoy told police she was aware she was putting her  unborn baby in danger and  admitted she had an addiction problem.
Police said she could be charged for attempting to hurt her unborn  baby.     
 
"They can charge, but they are going to have a tough case." University of Dayton Law Professor  Thaddeus  Hoffmeister said.  He said  in the state of Ohio, a pregnant woman can face child endangering  charges for harming an unborn fetus,  but its  extremely rare and a tough case to prosecute.
 
He said  normally a woman faces charges after the child is born if it suffers from health issues,  like fetal alcohol syndrome.             

 "After  the baby is born they can verify,  yes the baby  does have some deficiencies and issues because of exposed to drugs that's when the charge  generally arises,  if they decide to charge." He said.
  
Police said  doctors at Miami Valley Hospital said McCoy's unborn baby did have a normal heart beat, but  nothing more could be determined at this time.
  
 Young mother Aminah Ali  believes  women should be charged if they are  caught doing illegal drugs or drinking while pregnant.    
 
"It's not the baby's fault  and you're causing harm to the child  so that is just like leaving a baby on the side of the street. " She said.   
    
Hoffmeister said McCoy's case is one of ''obvious harm", but in other cases  he said  there is a gray area when determining what actions should lead to an arrest.
 
"Lets just say she was passed out drunk, would that be enough?  What if I see her at Starbucks? And she is ordering coffee? What if she isn't eating right?
When is the prosecutors office going to draw the line, and do we want them to draw the line,  when they are going to prosecute pregnant women."

Dayton  detectives said it will be up to the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office to determine if  McCoy will  face any charges, and it may be dependent on the health of her baby, once  the child is born in December.
          


DAYTON -- A pregnant woman is facing a charge of child endangering after she was found unconscious in a downtown Dayton parking lot. After she was revived, she told police she snorted heroin and drank "a fifth of alcohol."

Brittany McCoy, 24, told Dayton police she is currently seven months pregnant. McCoy was taken to Miami Valley Hospital.

Doctors told police the baby had a normal heartbeat, but they won't know anything further about the baby's condition until more tests are done.

We are following this story and will have much more beginning at 6 pm on ABC 22.

 
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