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Richmond woman arrested after drugs found in newborn's system

RICHMOND — A Richmond woman was arrested Tuesday for exposing her unborn son to cocaine and marijuana.

Vickie S. Cornett, 35, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.

Cornett was arrested more than a week after Richmond police began to investigate her.

On Oct. 14, Madison County Social Services informed investigators that Cornett had given birth Sept. 16 to a boy who exhibited symptoms of drug withdrawal, police say.

Tests performed after the boy was born at Pattie A. Clay Hospital in Richmond revealed cocaine and marijuana in his system.

Cornett is being held in the Madison County jail on a $7,500 cash bond.

She has been charged with numerous misdemeanors in Madison County, including public intoxication of a controlled substance, alcohol intoxication in a public place and possession of marijuana.

In 2003, Cornett was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a minor after police discovered a marijuana roach in a car being driven by her husband, Scott Cornett, while her children were passengers. Those charges were dismissed.