Boise woman faces felony for meth use while pregnant

May 14, 2013 

— A Boise woman turned herself in at the Ada County Jail Monday night on a felony warrant of injury to a child after doctors found that she had methamphetamine and marijuana in her system when she gave birth to her daughter in March.

Alison Kathleen Helms, 23, told deputies that she had smoked meth a few times a month during her pregnancy. Deputies began investigating Helms after hospital staff told Idaho Department of Health and Welfare about the positive meth test.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office deemed the newborn girl and Helms’ other child, a one-year-old boy, to be in imminent danger April 2.

Both children were placed in custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The boy was later found to also have meth in his system, according to the Sheriff’s office.

A warrant was issued for Helms, who also goes by Alison Perez, in early May. Her first court appearance will be Tuesday afternoon.

She faces up to ten years in prison if convicted.

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