Newborn tests positive for heroin, mother arrested

Brian Hill (Source: Brian Hill)
Brian Hill (Source: Brian Hill)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - An Arkansas mother faces charges when she was found "shooting up" 24 hours after she gave birth to her baby girl who tested positive for heroin.

According to the Poplar Bluff Police Department in Missouri, police arrested Misti Hill for possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor. Her husband, Brian Hill, was charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.

Police said the Ravenden couple were staying at Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center on December 31. The nurse told investigators that Brian Hill came to the nurse's station asking how to unlock the door to the room's bathroom.

The nurse then went into Misty's room to show Brian how to unlock the door without a key.

When Brian opened the door, he tried to block the nurse's view, a police report stated.

Police said the nurse observed Misti Hill passed out on the toilet. The nurse also told detectives that Misti's one-day-old infant was in a crib in the bathroom, along with a half cut soda can with burn residue and "an unknown liquid" inside a specimen bottle.

Detectives reported that Misti Hill had an addiction to heroin.

When Misti regained consciousness, she admitted to shooting up to keep from hurting, according to a police report.

The infant was taken to the nursery for evaluation.

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