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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Roshell Marie Turner: A New Mom on Meth

     At nine o'clock on Thursday night, February 13, 2014, the authorities in Everett, Washington issued an Amber Alert to locate 31-year-old Roshell Marie Turner and her 17-day-old son, John Turner. The new mother, a heavy methamphetamine user, had given birth to the infant on January 27 in a motel room. This baby was her eighth child.

     The five-foot-five, 190-pound meth addict had a rose tattoo on her upper right shoulder and an Hispanic boyfriend nicknamed "Guero." Detectives believed Turner's friend, Marylee Cavin, was helping her hide from the authorities who would surely take the baby from her.

     Police and officials with Child Protective Services believed that because of the mother's heavy use of meth, her baby needed immediate medical attention. Moreover, based on this woman's parenting history with her other seven children, the authorities had reason to suspect the missing infant was being neglected.

     On Friday, February 14, 2014, police officers found the mother and her baby in a south Everett apartment. The infant was alive and transported to a nearby hospital. Child Protection officers, acting on a court order, took custody of the baby as well as Turner's other children.

     After being questioned by detectives at the Everett Police Department, officers booked Turner into the Snohomish County Jail on unrelated warrants. A local prosecutor indicated that the meth-abusing mother might be charged with child endangerment.

     There has been no word regarding the baby's health.

     It seems reasonable to charge woman who used drugs like meth while pregnant with aggravated assault. There is no question that this behavior amounts to child abuse. As of this writing, Roshell Turner has not been charged with any crime related to her newest baby. 

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