Court hearing for Monroe Co. mom charged with drug 'assault' on

Court hearing for Monroe Co. mom charged with drug 'assault' on fetus rescheduled

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Mallory Loyola (source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office) Mallory Loyola (source: Monroe County Sheriff's Office)
MADISONVILLE (WATE) - The Monroe County mother charged with assault last week after she gave birth to a baby who tested positive for drugs was expected in court this week, but the hearing was moved to July 29.

Previous story: Monroe County arrests mother of drug-positive infant under new law

Mallory Loyola, 26, is the the first mother to be charged under a new law that defines using drugs while pregnant as an "assault" on the fetus.

Previous story: Gov. Haslam signs bill to prosecute mothers who use illicit drugs while pregnant

Monroe County deputies say Loyola admitted to smoking meth just days before her baby was born. Once her baby tested positive for drugs, she was arrested. 

Governor Bill Haslam signed legislation a few months ago, making Tennessee the first state to charge women who abuse drugs while pregnant.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee wants to challenge the law itself, possibly using Loyola as a plaintiff.

Previous story: ACLU working on challenge to Tennessee law allowing drug-addicted pregnant women to be prosecuted
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