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Woman gives valium to infant son for colic

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shannon Marie Asher
A March 26 search regarding an obsconder at a Hardy area motel by probation officer Dennis Burton and Sharp County Deputy Eric Pickle, led to the arrest of Shannon Marie Asher for introduction of a controlled substance into another person, a Class C felony, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class D felony.

After searching the room as one of the provisons of Asher's probation, the officers located illegal drugs in the room at the Motor Center Motel. They also located Asher's 3-month-old son in a lethargic state.

After contacting DHS personnel and advising them of Pickle's observations, the child was taken into DHS custody and was later placed in foster care. A medical screening of the childs blood tested positive for diazepam (valium). This was one of the illegal drugs found in the room.

March 29, Sharp County Detective Sergeant Ken Guidry and Arkansass State Police Special Agent Wendall Jines interviewed Asher. Asher admitted during the interview that she had given her baby valium on two different occasions, because the child had severe colic.

A report from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department states that the child has recovered from the incident and is doing well.

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I find this to be very sad. It really shows the lack of judgement and low moral sense of responsibility that goes along with drug use.

My mother used to give me valium when I was a child instead of using love, empathy, and the mothering that just seemed to be too much bother to her. In my adult life, it took years of therapy and I still have a tolerance to this drug, in traumatic situations when I really medically needed it. I am blessed in that when I had my own child, I raised her right as I swore I would never be the mother my mother was. I supplied my child with the things I never had and she is a wonderful and caring young woman today.

I hope this child finds a safe and loving place where she can shake learn what real mother love is. I hope that she finds in her future, a way to break the chain of abuse.

I have no sympathy for this mother, even though I know that she is horribly sick. Now at least she will suffer the consequences of her actions. I am hoping at least. And more than that, I hope she has no more children.

-- Posted by DebLarcher on Sat, Apr 10, 2010, at 12:09 AM

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