A Newnan woman was arrested Saturday after toxicology reports revealed a “rather high” amount of methamphetamine in the body of her 4-month-old’ child, authorities said.
Jasmen Nicole Hazelrigs’ two surviving children — ages 2 and 4 — allegedly tested positive for the drug as well.
Coweta County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Col. James Yarbrough said deputies initially responded to a 911 call at Hazelrigs’ Crawford Circle home in Newnan on the morning of Sept. 7. Roommates had made repeated attempts to wake Hazelrigs by banging on her bedroom door before entering the room to find the dead infant, Yarbrough said.
An exact cause of death has not yet been determined, but Yarbrough said the fact that the deceased child and both of its siblings tested positive for meth was enough to arrest Hazelrigs on three counts of child cruelty.
The 22-year-old woman was also charged with possession of meth after the drug was found in the bedroom she and her children shared, Yarbrough said.
Authorities were waiting on blood and hair analyses to come back before charging Hazelrigs, authorities said. She is being held at the Coweta County jail without bond.
The two surviving children are in state custody. Yarbrough said the Division of Family and Children Services had previously “looked at” Hazelrigs “for the living conditions of the children.”
It was not known Tuesday how the children may have ingested the meth. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending, Yarbrough said.