Woman gets drunk, gives birth

Melissa Irene Tanner, 37, of Dewey, Okla., gave birth while drunk on 30 June to a baby girl. Tanner had been drinking throughout her pregnancy, and the baby is suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome.

According to the [probable cause] affidavit, deputies reported that upon entering Tanner’s hospital room, “a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage was immediately present upon entering the room.’ They further reported that when speaking to Tanner, “her speech was slurred or thick, (and) her eyes appeared slightly red.’ — Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

The baby is in specialized foster care and Tanner is in jail on child neglect charges.

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