NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that could be used to prosecute women for assault if they use illegal narcotics while pregnant and give birth to babies that are either drug-dependent or were otherwise harmed by the drugs.
A similar law passed in 2014 but has since expired.
According to the Huffington Post, an estimated 100 women were arrested under the previous law.
A wave of Ohio children removed from their homes for neglect or abuse appears to have peaked, but the state's children's services system remains in crisis, a new report shows.
That's partly because the number of kids rose so high that the decline is mild in comparison, and the system of care and services needs a change, according to the Public Children Services Association of Ohio.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Christy McQueen's son Gunner was born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS. It's the term for when babies come in contact with medications or illegal drugs in the womb, and it's been a growing problem in our state.
To put it into perspective locally, East Tennessee Children's Hospital says, for the 45 babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit right now, 20 of them are being treated for drug withd...