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Warrant Issued For Utah Mom After Her Baby Goes Into Drug W/Ds 6 Hours After Birth

By Rob Cypher, Nov 14, 2012 | | |
  1. Rob Cypher
    An arrest warrant has been issued with for a woman with a history of drug addiction after police say she gave birth to a baby addicted to amphetamines, opiates, and cocaine.

    Shea Renee Sheeran, 27, was charged in Summit County's 3rd District Court on Friday with child abuse involving intentionally inflicting serious physical injury and child endangerment, both second-degree felonies.

    Sheeran gave birth to a boy Aug. 29 at the Park City Medical Center. Toxicology tests conducted on both mother and child after the birth showed Sheeran tested positive for meth, cocaine, amphetamines and opiates, and her son tested positive for amphetamines and opiates, according to charging documents.

    Within six hours of being born, the infant "began experiencing drug withdrawal symptoms," including "tremors, exhibited high-pitched screaming, was vomiting, and had severe diarrhea. (The infant) was also hypersensitive to light, sound and touch," the charges state.

    The baby was flown to Intermountain Medical Center for emergency treatment for several weeks, including receiving morphine to reduce his drug withdrawal symptoms. Doctors said the boy's "long-term prognosis remains uncertain," according to court records, and he may experience complications including brain damage and learning disabilities. The boy has been placed in an adoptive home.

    During an interview with police, Sheeran told investigators she "kept her pregnancy a secret" from the physician who prescribed strong prescription drugs to her because "she knew that taking them could harm her baby" and she didn't want to be cut off, the charges state. She also told police she used cocaine and heroin early in her pregnancy.

    Sheeran was on parole from the Utah State Prison at the time of her pregnancy and while giving birth.

    On the same day she was charged in Summit County, she was also charged in Salt Lake City Justice Court with possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor. She was charged in Taylorsville Justice Court on Oct. 26 with shoplifting, a class B misdemeanor.

    Sheeran's long criminal history also includes a felony forgery conviction in 2009 in Summit County in which she was sentenced to up to five years in prison. That followed a similar conviction and sentence for felony forgery in 2007. She was sentenced to the Utah State Prison in 2004 for felony drug possession, according to court records, and the to the Summit County Jail in 2003 on another drug related conviction.

    A $100,000 warrant was issued Friday for her arrest.



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    Re: Warrant Issued For Utah Mom After Her Baby Goes Into Drug W/Ds 6 Hours After Birt

    How utterly selfish, this beggars belief. To be addicted to all those substances and to unfortunately fall pregnant is one thing, but to then go on to hide the pregnancy in fear of being cut off and to knowingly carry on taking prescription drugs knowing they could harm the unborn baby - well thats unbelievable; it's as if she had no feelings for her unborn child whatsoever.

    IMHO I hope when they find her they throw the book at her pretty hard., to behave without a care in the word and to only think of herself, she deserves everything she gets for putting that poor baby through all that pain and misery during the very first part of its life. Disgraceful.
  2. N0rthrnCa707
    Re: Warrant Issued For Utah Mom After Her Baby Goes Into Drug W/Ds 6 Hours After Birt

    This girl is obviously a POS and a very bad drug addict if she is taking both uppers and downers. She didn't want to he cut off to help the baby, she is selfish and didn't want to be cut off because it affected her.


    It is true that babies are more at risk when mothers stop using suddenly when pregnant than if the mother keeps using. The baby going through withdrawal will most likely be better off than the stress of the mother detoxing while pregnant. Everybody and every case is different, and I don't believe she gave a damn.

    Hopefully she gets what she deserves and the child finds a fit family.
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