UPDATE | Mom sentenced after baby tests positive for meth

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ELKVIEW, W.Va. (AP/WSAZ) -- UPDATE 9/10/19 @ 9:50 p.m.
A West Virginia woman sentenced to prison for exposing her 10-month-old baby to methamphetamine could get out by the time he's a kindergartner.

A judge sentenced Miranda Taylor on Monday to serve concurrent one-to-five year and one-to-three year sentences. She was convicted in May on two counts of child neglect. Her son was 10 months old when he was hospitalized for ingesting methamphetamine last year.

News outlets report Judge Tod Kaufman sentenced Miranda Taylor on Monday to serve concurrent one-to-five year and one-to-three year sentences. She was convicted in May on two counts of child neglect. Her son was 10 months old when he was hospitalized for ingesting methamphetamine last year.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail says Taylor had several outbursts during her trial, including being involved in a scuffle outside the courtroom where she was stunned by a bailiff.

Taylor will receive credit for spending 199 days in jail. She'll also serve two years of supervision when she's released from prison.



UPDATE 5/30/19
It only took a jury 34 minutes to return a guilty verdict in the case against a mom whose baby ingested meth.

According to Kanawha County Prosecutor Chuck Miller MirandaTaylor was convicted of child neglect and child neglect causing injury.

She faces up to eight years in prison when she is sentenced.

In July of 2018 Taylor's mother called 911 and said that the baby was "acting funny" and may have ingested drugs.

At the time the hospital staff told police the child was also restless and reaching for non-existent objects. They attribute that behavior to the child ingesting an illegal drug.



UPDATE 5/29/19 @ 1:25 p.m.
Jury selection started Wednesday in the trial of a woman whose 10-month-old son tested positive for meth last July.

Miranda Taylor, who's in her mid 20s and from Elkview, faces child neglect charges.

Taylor's mother called 911 after her grandson overdosed. She says the baby was "acting funny" and may have ingested drugs.

The infant was taken to CAMC Women's and Children's Hospital where he was later released.

The grandmother says Taylor is a known drug user.



UPDATE 7/18/18 @ 9:30 p.m.
A 10-month-old boy who tested positive for meth has been released from the hospital, Kanawha County Sheriff's deputies said Wednesday.

The infant's mother, Miranda Taylor, 24, of Elkview, was arrested Tuesday and charged with child neglect resulting in injury.

Investigators say Taylor's mother, the child's grandmother, called 911 to report that her grandson overdosed. She said the baby was incoherent and "acting funny" and may have ingested drugs.

The grandmother said Taylor is a known drug user.

The infant was taken to CAMC Women's and Children's Hospital where he was released Wednesday.



ORIGINAL STORY 7/17/18
A mom is facing child neglect charges after deputies say her 10-month-old son tested positive for meth.

Deputies with the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office say the baby was hospitalized Monday.

Officers on Tuesday arrested Miranda Taylor, 24, of Elkview. Taylor has three children all under the age of 18.

Investigators say Taylor's mother, the child's grandmother, called 911 to report that her grandson overdosed. She said the baby was incoherent and "acting funny" and may have ingested drugs.

The grandmother said Taylor is a known drug user.

Paramedics with the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and sheriff's deputies went to the garage on Commercial Drive in Pinch.

Officers say Taylor was holding the child in the doorway, but closed the door and refused to let them inside initially.

"I panicked," Taylor said during her arraignment. "I let them in. I was standing there."

An ambulance took the child to CAMC Women's and Children's Hospital. Testing revealed the presence of meth in the baby.

The hospital staff said the child was also restless and reaching for non-existent objects. They attribute that behavior to the child ingesting an illegal drug.

The mom was charged with child neglect resulting in injury, which is a felony.

"While we understand and are sympathetic that some people would develop addictions and those kinds of things can wreck their lives and cause a lot of problems, it should not affect their children and certainly shouldn't effect them physically and mentally like it did in this case," Sgt, Brian Humphreys said.

Taylor's bond is at $25,000. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. July 25.

The baby is still in the hospital. Investigators say he is showing signs of being under the influence.


Miranda Taylor, who's in her mid 20s and from Elkview, West Virginia, faces child neglect charges. Investigators say Taylor's 10-month-old son tested positive for meth.