Mother Arrested and Charged with Felony Child Neglect - Not Her First Run in with the Law

The mother (pictured below) of a newborn child lost custody of the infant on January 11th in Murfreesboro. Police went to the neighbor’s home of 28-year old Sheena Stoker after receiving an anonymous call from a person concerned about the little boy’s wellbeing. Stoker left the child with a neighbor for a 15-minute stay that turned into an hour.

A report in the Daily News Journal stated that when Stoker showed up at the neighbors’ trailer to pick up her child, “she showed up seemingly-intoxicated.”

Stoker allegedly admitted to injecting a buprenorphine-containing prescription medication earlier in the day. Information found on Wikipedia.com showed that Buprenorphine is a semi-synthetic opioid that is used to treat opioid addiction and chronic pain. Several hypodermic needles were recovered from the vehicle Stoker drove to pick up her son in.

Authorities waited around for Stoker to arrive at the neighbor’s residence and when she got there police called the Department of Children Services to the trailer to take custody of the newborn. DCS were called because of her level of intoxication. The mother was charged with felony child neglect, possession of a schedule III drug and possession of drug paraphernalia.

This is not the first time that Stoker has had a negative run in with the law. In 2008 Stoker was charged with second degree assault and robbery in Somerset, Kentucky. She was also arrested in 2009 on unspecified drug charges. In September of 2012, she was charged with drug possession. That arrest was made in Rockcastle, Kentucky.

Stoker remains jailed in Rutherford County on the felony child neglect charges as of Monday evening, she has not been released. She will appear in general sessions court on March 28. 

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