Cocaine Mother Behind Bars, Infant Tested Positive For Additional Drugs 12/19/13
CBS 7 News
December 19, 2013
ODESSA-The mother accused of child endangerment after her seven children tested positive for cocaine is now behind bars. But arrest affidavits obtained by CBS 7 late today reveal more shocking details, including the presence of additional drugs in her late infant.
Between police hitting the streets, billboards and hundreds of tips, the pressure was on and Talisha Redic, also known as Talisha Cleveland, turned herself in.
30-year-old Talisha Redic is now behind bars and facing seven counts of child endangerment. Arrest affidavit's show it all started on September 26th, when she gave birth to a baby prematurely at her home. A few days later, that baby was admitted to Medical Center Hospital—where it tested positive for cocaine. That baby died in the hospital on October 20th.
Documents released today reveal the baby's meconium fluid tested positive for not just cocaine, but opiates and benzodiazepines. Meconium fluid is a thick substance that lines a baby’s intestines during pregnancy.
Police then discovered Talisha Redic's six other children, ages 1 to 11, all tested positive for cocaine. The children were placed in foster care and warrants for child endangerment went out for the mother.
Odessa Crime Stoppers went into overdrive, playing a big role in forcing Redic to turn herself in.
"This is a very good example of you can run, but you can't hide,” said Susan Rogers of Odessa Crime Stoppers. “I want to thank the community for really putting pressure on her.”
Redic is being held at the Ector County Jail, facing seven second degree felonies. She will appear before a judge tomorrow, no bond has been set at this time. No word on whether she could face additional charges.