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Oct 27 2012 8:19AM
 
Mother gives baby drugs through breast milk
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A 29 year old New Zealand woman was arrested by police for giving drugs through her breast milk to her 3-month-old baby.

According to Wanganui Chronicle the woman from North Island was sentenced by Whanganui District Court to six months’ supervision immediately after she pleaded guilty to the charges laid against her.

The woman was detained after a warrant of arrest to search a house for drugs was issued.

The site also reported that it was for the first time in the history of New Zealand that a person charged with such and be convicted of administering drug to a kid.

“Child abuse is family violence in these circumstances, and it is clear this baby and its mother needed help. People often believe drug related activities are victimless, but it affects the people around them,” police spokesperson sergeant Andrew McDonald was quoted by Wanganui Chronicle.

Warren Brookbanks, a professor of law at University of Auckland who spoke to Wanganui Chronicle said that the case was rare.

“It would be necessary for the prosecution to prove that the mother both knew she had cannabis in her system, and that she intended to administer it to the baby. In the absence of both of those mental elements, it would be impossible to prove a relevant administration of the drug,” Brookbanks told Wanganui Chronicle.

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