Greenwood mom charged after baby tests positive for meth
Nina Falkingham (Bates) (Greenwood Police Dept.)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -
A Greenwood mother was charged after police said her baby tested positive for methamphetamine during an autopsy.
According to an incident report, drug agents with the Greenwood Police Department went to 139 Kathwood Dr. on Feb. 4 after receiving a complaint about a drug lab at the home.
The report said that agents found methamphetamine lab waste in bags outside the home and marijuana, digital scales and an active meth lab inside the home.
The three people inside the home, 33-year-old Nina Falkingham, 27-year-old Andrew Bates and 31-year-old Paul Downey, were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of ephedrine in an altered state and improper disposal of methamphetamine waste. Falkingham and Bates were also charged with simple possession of marijuana.
Police said the Feb. 4 case prompted detectives to review the death of Falkingham's child in December.
According to that incident report, Falkingham, who was referred to by the last name of Bates, in the report, came to Self Regional Hospital after she awoke to find her baby was pale. The report said Falkingham told officers that she fell asleep while breast feeding the child and must have smothered the infant.
Police said an autopsy ruled the child died from suffocation, and the death was ruled accidental. However, after a drug lab was found in Falkingham's home, investigators decided to look at the child's death again, police said.
A second look at the autopsy found the child had tested positive for methamphetamine, but that the cause of death was still suffocation. They said that positive drug test resulted in Falkingham also being charged with unlawful conduct toward a child.
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