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Woman pleads guilty after newborn son tested positive for drugs

Kacie Blankenship's booking photo from February 2014. Source: Tuscaloosa County Jail Kacie Blankenship's booking photo from February 2014. Source: Tuscaloosa County Jail
Police say this surveillance image shows Blankenship leaving DCH. Source: Tuscaloosa PD Police say this surveillance image shows Blankenship leaving DCH. Source: Tuscaloosa PD
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

Court documents how a woman has pleaded guilty to chemical endangerment of a minor after her newborn son tested positive for drugs.

Police say in September 2013, 24-year-old Kacie Blankenship walked out of DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa shortly after giving birth.

Her newborn son tested positive for meth, cocaine and barbiturates.

Police said Blankenship tried giving birth in a hotel room before calling 911. We're told Blankenship gave DCH staff a fake name and Social Security Number when she checked in.

Just hours after giving birth, Blankenship was seen on a DCH surveillance camera walking out of the hospital. She was arrested in January 2014 in Birmingham after police released those images.

Blankenship was first transferred to Limestone County to face charges there before being brought to Tuscaloosa in February 2014 on the chemical endangerment charges.

Blankenship's son is in the custody of the Department of Human Resources. According to court documents, Blankenship will pay near $300 in child support for DHR care.

Blankenship has not been sentenced yet. Her next court appearance is October 22 and she could receive up to 20 years in prison.

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