Billboards Up, Police Bearing Down in Search For Cocaine Mother 12/18/13
CBS 7 News
December 18, 2013
Police continue to search for a mother whose seven children all tested positive for cocaine. It all came to light after her prematurely born baby died, also testing positive for the dangerous drug. There are now seven warrants out for her arrest.
Back in October, 30-year old Talisha Redic (also known as Talisha Tatia Cleveland) had a premature baby at Medical Center Hospital. The baby tested positive for cocaine and died after 25 days at the hospital. Odessa Police began an investigation, discovering her six other children also tested positive for cocaine.
Odessa Crime Stopper's phones have been ringing off the hook with tips on finding the mother.
"These children’s lives have been upended, they’re going to be facing Christmas without their mother and in a different home,” said Odessa Crime Stoppers Executive Director Susan Rogers. “I think it just tugs at the heartstrings that they want to help those children and make sure that those kids are O.K. That’s the most important thing. We've gotten numerous tips on her, people are very interested in this case, trying to help us put our hands on her."
The six kids are now in foster care and the mother faces six counts of child endangerment. Late today, police said they were adding a seventh, after the death of her baby. OPD said in a statement, “At the time of admission to the hospital, the infant tested positive for the presence of cocaine. However, Dr. Robert Bennett concluded that the death was determined to be of natural causes.”
OPD added, “Based on the facts and circumstances, investigators are in the process of obtaining an additional warrant for Talisha Redic (also known as Talisha Tatia Cleveland) for the offense of endangering a Child, a second degree felony. “
“It’s heartbreaking, I can’t fathom how a mother could subject any children to that, much less a newborn,” said A Concerned Odessa Mother Marcey Love.
“That’s the worst thing to hear, especially on a child, they didn’t do anything to deserve that,” said Concerned Odessa Father Nick Lopez.
Talisha Redic, also known as Talisha Cleveland lives in the 200 block of Lotteman.
"I want people to know that it is unlawful to harbor a fugitive,” added Rogers, noting that they have been patrolling the area near her home.
No word yet on how the cocaine got into the children's systems.
OPD referred questions about possible homicide charges to District Attorney Bobby Bland, who said earlier today that he had not yet seen any documents related to this case.
If you have any information on this, please contact OPD or Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS. All tips are anonymous and they offer a $500 reward.