Murfreesboro resident Vanessa M. Cleveland, who gave birth to a child in January, was arrested Wednesday at her Bridge Avenue home soon after being indicted on charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, according to a Murfreesboro Police Department arrest report.
Due to privacy laws, it is unknown how well the baby is recovering from her alleged drug abuse.
Detectives with the Special Victims Unit, a division of the Police Department, presented evidence to the grand jury last week following an investigation that began when the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services was notified about the matter.
“I received a DCS referral from an (investigator) in mid-January,” reported Tommy Roberts, a detective with the Special Victims Unit. “The referral stated that Cleveland had just given birth and that nurses were concerned about the baby’s health.”
Based on evidence collected during the investigation, the newborn reportedly tested positive for opiates, cannabinoids and methadone.
“The baby was suffering from withdrawals and needed medical care for an extended amount of time,” Roberts reported, adding Cleveland, who is originally from Soldotna, Alaska, later told him that she had battled drug addiction prior to becoming pregnant.
“She stated that in the past she had a problem with heroin,” Roberts reported. “She further stated that while she was pregnant she took oxymorphone and methadone.”
According to an online database maintained by the Division of Alaska State Troopers, Cleveland is wanted on two felony warrants for failing to appear in May 2011 before a Homer District Court judge on multiple drug-related charges, one of which involves the use of methadone.
Murfreesboro officials have not publicly discussed whether Cleveland could face extradition back to Alaska.
Since her arrest in Murfreesboro, she has remained in custody at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $2,500 bond.
A hearing on the most recent charges has been scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Rutherford County Circuit Court.