FRANKFORT, Ky. – A woman who gave birth while lodged in the Franklin County Regional Jail earlier this week could face additional charges because authorities said the baby was born addicted to drugs.
Franklin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said 28-year old Kelsey G. Love of New Albany, Indiana, was indicted Monday with receiving stolen property and driving under the influence. She gave birth in her cell Tuesday morning.
“The baby has been going through hell, being born already suffering from withdrawal symptoms,” Cleveland said.
Deputy jailers had Love under close watch, checking on her every 15 to 20 minutes, Cleveland said. He said she gave birth between those rounds.
Both mother and child were taken to Frankfort Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Cleveland says he is considering adding an additional charge of wanton endangerment against Love because of her alleged drug use during pregnancy.
Cleveland said Love was perspiring heavily and unsteady on her feed when police stopped her while driving a car that had been reported stolen by her mother in Indiana. Love told police had used methamphetamine and opiods and that she had taken her mother’s car without her permission.
If convicted, Love could face five to 10 years in prison on the receiving stolen property charge and another one to five years, for wanton endangerment. Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor, so any sentence would be concurrent with the felonies.
The date of Love’s arraignment hadn’t been set as of Thursday morning.