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Mother accused of using cocaine while pregnant, causing newborn's death

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, March 02 2016 Mar 2, 2016 March 02, 2016 11:34 AM March 02, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy

BATON ROUGE – Police say a woman was charged with negligent homicide Tuesday after police say she used cocaine while pregnant which eventually caused her newborn child to die.

Baton Rouge Police say 36-year-old Jerasha Bowman gave birth to a child on Aug. 31 whose blood work tested positive for cocaine.

Court documents say Bowman admitted to using tobacco, alcohol and cocaine throughout her pregnancy and even told BRPD detectives that she used cocaine the day before the child was born.

Documents say that the birth was an emergency delivery because the cocaine use caused placental abruptions. BRPD said the child suffered Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, HIE, a brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation to the brain. The child was born with various medical problems and died about 5 months later on Jan. 16.

Investigators say Bowman’s actions were contributing factors to the placental abruptions which caused the child to die from HIE.

A warrant was issued for Bowman's arrest on Feb. 16. She was arrested Tuesday afternoon and booked with negligent homicide.

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