Woman Charged After Newborn Tests Positive For Marijuana

December 5, 2023

An Atmore woman has been charged after her newborn tested positive for marijuana, according to the Atmore Police Department.

Christina Yanacheke, age 41 of Atmore, was charged with chemical endangerment.

The Escambia County (AL) Department of Human Resources notified Atmore Police that Yanacheke’s newborn tested positive for marijuana at North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette.


15 Responses to “Woman Charged After Newborn Tests Positive For Marijuana”

  1. Cait on December 7th, 2023 10:22 am

    Mother’s shouldn’t be doing anything while pregnant true but in my honest opinion I would definitely rather it be marijuana than meth or anything else. Marijuana is an herb. Definitely took it extremely to far with the chemical endangerment

  2. It'sMeAgain,Margaret on December 6th, 2023 9:38 pm

    Before I judge without knowing the whole truth, I am aware Legal CBD that has no thc that can be purchased from any store can give positive Marijuana results. So to burn her at the stake without knowing all facts seems a bit Hypocritical and old fashion. I feel as if there’s pitch forks, torches and angry mobs still burning witches and pointing figures.

  3. straightshooter on December 5th, 2023 10:21 pm

    Devils Advocate – My body my choice should apply.

    Sad for this baby will have to live with the results for life.
    Woman should be punished.
    Even worse is, if she wanted to kill it in the womb, half of America is ok with that.

  4. More on December 5th, 2023 9:05 pm

    It’s her body and she would have been inconvenienced by not imbibing/it’s her body and she’s not ready for a baby (she can have an abortion that stops its heartbeat…..I think it would have rather endured withdrawal symptoms)

  5. Jk on December 5th, 2023 8:55 pm

    I’m making my sign up now “Her body her right”. What time is the rally?
    JK for more sarcasm

  6. George on December 5th, 2023 5:09 pm

    It is ok to kill the baby, but do not expose it to pot and let it live.

    By the way I am 100% against pot but in this case I am for the mother.

  7. David Huie Green on December 5th, 2023 2:25 pm

    “How can they prove she smoked it and didn’t just eat a gummy?”

    The charge is not one of smoking anything. The charge is that she provided dangerous chemicals to a child. What people do to themselves is their business or should be as long as they do not harm anyone else. What they do to children is a separate matter under the law. Anyone who has been born in the USA is a US citizen and entitled to certain rights and legal protections.

    “That’s what the industry pitched and we agreed with when we changed the constitution.”

    The Constitution was not changed. Various state laws have been changed. Most involved here applied to medical use of certain substances. Some laws apply in some states to recreational use of certain substances. Alabama state law apparently does not allow you to give drugs to small children even if you do it through an umbilicus.

    David for differences and distinctions

  8. For a lifetime on December 5th, 2023 12:10 pm

    When Mothers take chemicals during pregnancy they end up damaging the baby permanently, people don’t realize that when a girl is born she has all the eggs with her to last her a lifetime and she can permanently damage them resulting in a baby with developmental disabilities that the rest of us has to pay for in one way or another, either through our tax dollars or the result of future criminal behavior, sorry but that’s the way it is. The most tragic part is the kids didn’t sign up for this they’re the innocent ones.
    I personally know people who smoked marijuana throughout their pregnancy and the kids were born very low birth weight, never could grasp school ended up dropping out and eventually abusing drugs themselves throughout their adult life.

  9. Nobody on December 5th, 2023 11:53 am

    It doesn’t matter, if the mother is pregnant, she should do everything in her power to protect that unborn baby. I have custody of a three-year-old who was born addicted to methadone. His mother goes to a clinic every day and continued to do so when she was pregnant. Was in the NIC unit for months recovering and now we deal with many issues, autism, ADHD, learning disabilities etc. It’s not his fault, it’s all on the mother. No charges were ever filed because she had a prescription for the methadone. CHARGE THEM ALL!!!!

  10. Charlotte Schwartz on December 5th, 2023 10:33 am

    Yes liquor and cigarettes are legal but even they should not be used by a pregnant woman, therefore harming a baby who is innocent and has no say in the matter. It doesn’t matter if marijuana is legal or not legal it causes unnecessary problems for an unwilling, innocent baby. People you are only thinking of the substance and not the baby who again has no say on what you are taking into your body and is affecting the child. Yes, it should be endangerment as the mother is endangering the baby by putting it at risk for a lot of medical problems. Think about the baby!!!!

  11. CW on December 5th, 2023 9:36 am

    You can buy gummies at the gas station that have thc in them, and they’re perfectly legal. How can they prove she smoked it and didn’t just eat a gummy?

  12. Bill on December 5th, 2023 9:33 am

    Don’t y’all know Marijuana is good for you and there’s no downside. That’s what the industry pitched and we agreed with when we changed the constitution.

  13. OhYouKnow on December 5th, 2023 9:06 am

    If it was alcohol she had used the child would have fetal alcohol syndrome, its a birth defect. They found concentrations of the chemical make-up of marijuana in the child’s system. Hospitals are required to report births involving schedule 1 drugs, marijuana is currently a schedule 1 drug. children exposed to neonates exposed to marijuana in the womb can have Altered responses to visual stimuli, Increased trembling, High-pitched cry, Gaps in problem-solving skills, and Memory problems. Don’t drink or do drugs while pregnant. your momentary buzz will haunt your child their entire life.

  14. Stumpknocker on December 5th, 2023 5:28 am

    Not sure how all this works, was she smoking weed while pregnant, if so what if it was legal weed like alcohol and cigarettes,, would there be a charge for that,?

  15. Doug on December 5th, 2023 4:35 am

    Look I totally understand that you shouldn’t even smoke a cigarette while pregnant, but chemical endangerment for pot? That’s a bit of a stretch. She should be able to take that to court. No chemicals no case.