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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.
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November 16, 2012 at 3:30pm
My reaction to the Murfreesboro Post article “Mother indicted after baby tests positive for cocaine” is one of angry dispiritedness. Every time I think that people cannot possibly be as ignorant as they appear, they always seem to meet my expectations and even surpass them. Why do people have to make such terrible decisions? They aren’t just bad decisions either; they are full blown, outright life-ruining decisions that do not seem too hard to not make. Why would a mother do drugs while pregnant? It is not a good idea, and it is doing actual, physical harm to a child. I am not a father, but the idea that I could hurt my own child tears me apart inside. I will admit that I do not know the entire background or situation of this woman’s life, but I just can’t think of a reason to justify this type of irresponsible behavior, especially since she already had four children. I also realize that life is difficult and I do not have proper experience in dealing with its hardships, but drugs simply are not the answer; they don’t solve any problems and in the end they just make things worse. I just feel that people need to think about the long-term consequences of their actions, and take the wellbeing of others into consideration.
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