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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.
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