Brenda K. Baker
A mother was indicted after she allegedly smoked crack cocaine and gave birth to a premature baby who tested positive for cocaine, according to officials with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office.
Mother Brenda K. Baker, 27, of Boone Drive in Smyrna, was indicted on charges of felony aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, said arresting Detective Steve Craig.
“She allegedly smoked crack cocaine while pregnant,” Craig said. “The mother and daughter both tested positive for cocaine after her daughter’s birth.”
The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services was notified about the mother and is handling custody of the baby.
Because the aggravated assault charge is considered domestic violence, Baker will not be allowed to be around the baby until obtaining a court order from a judge, according to law enforcement officials.
Baker was booked Tuesday into Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, where she remains on a $5,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 19, in Rutherford County Circuit Court.
She is the mother of five children and is unemployed.