Dandridge mom sentenced for manufacturing meth while 9 months pr

Dandridge mom sentenced for manufacturing meth while 9 months pregnant

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Lacey Weld (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office) Lacey Weld (source: Blount County Sheriff's Office)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A mother from Dandridge was sentenced Tuesday to more than 12 years in prison and five years of supervised release after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

U.S. Attorney William Killian's office says the case is unique because Lacey Weld, 27, used and manufactured meth while in her ninth month of pregnancy. The baby was born severely drug-addicted and suffered from withdrawals for almost six weeks.

A Department of Children's Services case manager said this was the worst incident of a drug-addicted baby she had ever encountered, and the baby suffered extreme harm.

The judge determined the enhancement for creating a substantial risk of harm to a minor, which resulted in a six-offense level increase, was justified due to her using and making meth while pregnant.

Video evidence showed Weld was in a meth lab for approximately 40 minutes where she cooked and used meth. TBI agents testified about the extremely hazardous conditions, including toxic fumes and an explosive environment.

“This nation has seen a tragic rise in the number of babies born addicted to drugs. Through this prosecution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office sends a message that, should a child, born or unborn, be exposed to a substantial risk of harm through the manufacture of methamphetamine, we will pursue any available enhancements at sentencing,” said U.S. Attorney William C. Killian.

Weld was sentenced to 151 months in prison and five years of supervised release.

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