Drug-addicted parents arrested after childbirth in house full of garbage, police say


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Two people have been arrested after the birth of a child at an Indiana battery house where parents used drugs, authorities said.

Police say the child received no medical treatment and the mother admitted to using drugs while pregnant.

“The kid was in a very bad situation,” Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding said.

MPs were called on Wednesday about a welfare check at the residence. The caller said a baby was born in a mobile home a few days earlier.

When the deputies arrived, they found a situation of garbage accumulation from floor to ceiling, as well as insects. There was no cradle or cradle for the baby. A glass pipe with burnt residue, a pill vial containing powdered fentanyl and an unused syringe were found at the house. The power had been cut the day before.

The baby was taken to hospital and is now in the care of child protection services. Authorities tested the child and found methamphetamine in his system.

Sasha Drake, the baby’s mother, told MPs she used methamphetamine and heroin during her pregnancy. She said the baby’s father, Clifford Johns, who was at the home, also used illegal narcotics. Drake admitted that she did not take the child to the hospital because she believed Child Protective Services would take the baby away.

Drake and Johns were arrested on charges of negligence and drug possession.

Drake and Johns both have long criminal histories. Drake has been arrested on several occasions for drug possession, shoplifting, failure to appear, theft and forgery. Johns has had several traffic violations, including speeding and driving with a suspended license, as well as drug possession, dependent negligence, battery and resistance to law enforcement.

Addiction counselor Lisa Seif said the child “doesn’t stand a chance” unless the parents get sober.

Both parents appeared in court Thursday and were issued with $ 10,000 cash bonds and a no-contact order with the baby. Drake may contact the child with the approval of the Department of Children’s Services.


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