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Another Mother Allegedly Used Illegal Drugs While Pregnant, Child Born Premature

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Another mother has been arrested for allegedly using illegal drugs during pregnancy. This is the second time for such an incident in the past three months in Rutherford County. 

This time, a mother was indicted after she allegedly smoked crack cocaine and gave birth to a premature baby who tested positive for cocaine, a Rutherford County Sheriffs detective said Wednesday.

Mother Brenda K. Baker, 27, of Boone Drive in Smyrna was indicted on charges of felony aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, said arresting Detective Steve Craig.

“She allegedly smoked crack cocaine while pregnant,” Craig said. “The mother and daughter both tested positive for cocaine after her daughter’s birth.”

The Department of Children’s Services was notified about the mother and is handling custody of the baby.

Because the aggravated assault charge is considered domestic violence, Baker will not be allowed to be around the baby until obtaining a court order from a judge, the detective said.

Baker was booked into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center Tuesday where she remains. Bond was set at $5,000. A hearing is scheduled Nov. 19 in Circuit Court.

She is the mother of five children and is unemployed.

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