CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A Nicholas County woman, whose infant was born with narcotics in her bloodstream and died a little more than a week later, is behind bars on child neglect charges.
Stephanie Elaine Louk, 25, of Craigsville, was arrested Friday and charged with felony child neglect resulting in death. She used methamphetamines while she was nine months pregnant, Nicholas Deputy J.B. Bailey wrote in a criminal complaint.
The meth caused Louk to go into cardiac arrest on June 12, according to the complaint. She was taken to a local hospital, where doctors performed an emergency Caesarean section. She gave birth to a baby girl, Olivia.
The two were transferred to Charleston Area Medical Center's Women and Children's Hospital.
Tests showed methamphetamine, morphine and benzodiazepine in the bloodstreams of both the mother and the daughter. The drugs were transferred to the fetus through the umbilical cord.
Olivia was 11 days old when she died at the Charleston hospital on June 23.
A family member's Facebook page showed the infant was buried at a cemetery near Craigsville five days later. Louk is being held at Central Regional Jail on $250,000 bond.
Other Cops and Courts HeadlinesNicholas sheriff says man ignored surrender pleas