Mother Who Smoked Weed Before breastfeeding Facing Child Cruelty Charges

Mother Who Smoked Weed Before Breastfeeding Facing Child Cruelty Charges

As reported by WBRZ2, deputies say a woman admitted to smoking cannabis before she breastfed her child who was taken to the hospital because of seizures.

Paramedics were called to a home in Pierre Part Sunday after they received reports of a small child suffering from seizures. The Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office says it was alerted after the child tested positive for cannabis at an area hospital.

Deputies questioned the mother, 22-year-old Kassidy Rodrigue, who was the only one home with the infant. The sheriff’s office says she admitted to smoking cannabis before breastfeeding the child.

Rodrigue was arrested and booked on charges of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and child desertion. Her bond is set at $125,000.

Official Statement From Kassidy

Kassidy set up a gofundme page. Here’s her official statement:

This is Kassidy and her baby Austin. On Sunday, January 20th, Austin had a seizure. He was taken to Teche Regional Medical Center, where they were told by paramedics/law enforcement that they smelled marijuana upon entering the home. They tested Austin and he tested positive for THC. TRMC- hospital referenced above- claims this is the cause to his seizure. He seized again while at TRMC and they had him transferred to a children’s hospital in Louisiana, where the mother and child live. Kassidy was sent in to be questioned on why Austin tested positive for THC. She admitted that she consumed marijuana prior to nursing
Austin. She was arrested on January 23rd.

I want to take this opportunity to mention, through studies we have learned-only 2.5 micrograms of THC transfers through the breast milk. It also is most potent at the 60-minute mark. This is enough for a baby to test positive, but not enough to have any effects on the baby, aside from medical benefits.

The children’s hospital Austin was sent to has stated, THC did not cause the seizures. In fact,  Austin has been diagnosed with DiGeorge Syndrome- a rare chromosomal defect that causes hypocalcemia (low calcium levels). The hypocalcemia is what caused the seizures.

The County’s Sheriff’s office is claiming she left the baby alone, which is not true. He was with his dad.

They are charging her with –
Second-degree Cruelty to a Juvenile which is a felony and Child Desertion which is a misdemeanor.

She has been bailed out and is with her son at the Children’s Hospital. He is doing well, and being treated with calcium supplements for now.

Kassidy and Austin need support and financial help in this time, for her to hire a lawyer and for any medical bills that will accumulate for Austin.

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What do you think about the second-degree cruelty charges? Let us know in the comments! For us, it has been crystal clear from the beginning that the seizures have nothing to do with smoking cannabis before breastfeeding. As we all know, many people and especially young kids are using cannabis to treat their seizures.

20 responses to “Mother Who Smoked Weed Before Breastfeeding Facing Child Cruelty Charges”

  1. Avatar Sammiejo says:

    Well, considerimg its been shown to help with seizures, thats dumb to try to blame the mom smoking marijuana on the child having a seizure 🙄 dumb. She shouldnt be charged at all.

  2. Mayte says:

    I was once charged with neglect when my daughter tested positive for THC THE SYSTEM IS ALL CORRUPTED THERES BABYS AND KIDS REALLY BEING ABUSED FORVREALS BUT THEY TRY TO SEPARTE A LOVING CARING HOME IM JUST FLSO SADDEN WITH THIS SITUATION THEY DONT THINK THE TYPE OF STRESS AND DISTRAUGHT THING BRING UPON THE EHOLE FAMILY VERY VERY SAD HOW OUR SOCIETY HAS COME TO!!!

  3. Karen says:

    That is horrible pot is good for treatment of seizures in children best of luck to u pray for God to help sorry I’m currently homeless myself or I’d send money

  4. Richard says:

    Come on people. These people do not give a fuck about the baby. They write laws knowing humans will brake them so they can pay for their kids school. Stop going to the cops. If your state is illegal while it’s not next door. Realize the criminals in charge of the state and local law enforcement. These humans believe they are good by throwing other humans away. Roflmao. Kinda says it all there doesn’t it?

  5. Laura says:

    I can guarantee that breastfeeding after smoking did NOT cause that baby’s seizures. We have parents legitimately neglecting and abusing their child. One woman breastfeeds after smoking and now she’s gotta deal with all this bullshit. And of course she isn’t the only one who has dealt with shit like this. Cannabis is nowhere near as harmful as alcohol or tobacco. Plain and simple.

  6. Amy Thiboutot says:

    This is crazy. She shouldn’t be charged especially when the hospital clearly said that it was not the marijuana that lead to the seizures. I hope that she gets a good lawyer and wins this ridiculous case against her. Praying for her and Austin.

  7. Jerzi says:

    You can support Kassidy and learn more about DiGeorge syndrome here
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2061116610846989/?ref=share

  8. Mere Te Awhi Kara says:

    The cops just gotta build a bridge and get the fuck over there high horse bulshit..they just smelt marijuana and ran a mile with it..wat they should be worried about is the child getting better and having both his parents surrounding him on a time like this..its not always about catching the bad guy sometimes you just gotta put the child 1st

  9. Amanda says:

    I’m friends with this mom’s best friend. We run the go fund me mentioned in the article. The baby has a rare disorder called DiGeorge Syndrome. Cannabis had nothing to do with it! If you would like more information feel free to join the support page. Our goal is to get the truth out on what really happened in this case!

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/2061116610846989/?ref=share

  10. Shay94 says:

    While breastfeeding give a 3-4 hr waiting limit for smoking for the first time during breastfeeding to allow the least amount to be transferred in breastmilk. Wait 5-6 hrs after consuming alcohol for the first time while breastfeeding. If any questions ask your doctor just call labor and delivery n say u have a question bout breastfeeding and be honest.. u dont even have to give your name to them. Your childs safety is the main priority. But if more then once just keep in mind it’ll build up more so probably best to stop breastfeeding if you plan on continuing more then twice.

  11. Rose says:

    That’s definitely wrong. They should not be charging the mother for child cruelty because nothing she did was cruel she even took the child to the hospital when he needed to.

  12. Alyssa S Fritz says:

    So wrong.
    People need to realize that this plant helps us. Fact before the 1900 cannabis and help was used all over for many different things. Only now in the 20th Century do we see cannabis and all it’s great compounds illegal. There is no reason that a mother cannot use cannabis and still help her child.
    Cannabis actually helps cure seizures so there’s no way that the seizures could come from the cannabis someone needs to do their homework better I feel bad for this woman being charged with cruelty that is out fucking rayjus.

  13. Luke says:

    She shouldnt need help with medical bills when the child should be on medicade. Which im certain the child is.

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