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Mother Who Let Baby Ingest Crack Ponders Plea Deal

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The mother of a 14-month-old baby who allowed the child to ingest crack cocaine under her supervision has waived her preliminary hearing to consider a plea agreement offered by the prosecution.

Stacy Gatlin, 21, is charged with second-degree child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Gatlin’s bond was reduced from $20,000 to $5,000, 10% cash or surety while she appeared in court Monday.

Court records show the child was removed from an apartment by Child Protective Service workers on March 8 from an apartment on the 800 block of Franklin Street.

The child is currently in the care of its father, who is working to gain sole custody.

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9 comments

  • Mary Fields

    This mother is not responsible enough to care for a child and should not be allowed to continue parental rights until she proves for at least a year that she can remain clean from drugs.The courts need to make her go to a drug rehab and remain in a program for a period of 24 months.After the first 12 months if she proves to stay clean from all drugs and follows her program to a tee only then should she be able to regain her rights to this child.The state needs to continue drug testing her for the next 24 months.She is clearly young and I believe everyone deserves a 2nd chance.I wish her and her child the very best.Its just so sad that drugs has taking over our communities and our young people.It effects all of us one way or another.Praying for this family !!

    • kevin

      Crack baby's having crack baby's having crack baby's having crack baby's on and on and on. Great for the welfare & prison system not so much for society as a whole and people continue to preach, "who are you to judge." Someone better soon!!!!

  • Evangelist

    My prayer is that this young woman receives Treatment . Education Parenting, Employment things that will help her she made a very bad choice and I am sure she knows it. A harsh penalty will do nothing all the prison system does is gives you a room for them the State to make $$$$$ This young woman is young enough to turn her life around.

    • kevin

      You moron how does the state make money by sending someone to prison? Food, clothing, shelter, health care, 24/7 supervision get your head out you're suffocating yourself!!!!

  • kevin

    When my kids were little I made sure to keep my crack in a locked cabinet with my marijuana, meth supplies, gasoline & matches. For some reason I couldn't keep track of that damn handgun, those things have a mind of their own ya know running around committing crimes like they do..