October 15, 2019
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Mom whose baby allegedly ingested meth through breast milk appears in court

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A young mother who allegedly sickened her 7-month-old baby by passing methamphetamine through her breast milk made her first court appearance Wednesday at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

Alyssa Murch, 20, of Bangor is charged with aggravated furnishing of a scheduled drug, a Class B crime, along with endangering the welfare of a child and domestic violence assault, both Class D crimes.

She was not asked to enter pleas because she has not yet been indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury. The grand jury next convenes Feb. 27.

Murch was released on $1,000 unsecured bail with conditions that include her not possessing drugs. District Court Judge Bruce Jordan allowed her to have supervised visits with the child, who is in the custody of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Bangor police detectives were called to Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center at about 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 for a report that an unconscious child had been brought to the hospital after allegedly ingesting methamphetamine, Sgt. Wade Betters, spokesman for the Bangor Police Department, said last month.

The baby had regained consciousness by the time police arrived, he said.

Information about whether the child would recover completely was not available Wednesday, according to the Penobscot County district attorney’s office.

Murch, who declined to speak with reporters, is next due in court April 9.

Bangor attorney Jeremiah Haley, who represented Murch at Wednesday’s brief appearance, said, “She looks forward to being able to clear her name.”

If convicted, Murch faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $20,000 on the drug charge. She faces up to a year in prison and a fine of up to $2,000 on the child endangerment and domestic violence assault charges.

 



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