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A mother in Tuscaloosa, Alabama is wanted by the police after abandoning her newborn baby in the hospital just hours after giving birth.
The woman, going by an alias, was admitted to DCH Regional Medical Center at 3:00 am Tuesday after attempting to have the baby in her hotel room.
She gave birth later that morning and both she and her infant son tested positive for cocaine and opiates.
Just eight hours after first arriving, the woman was caught on CCTV leaving the hospital without her baby, carrying a bag of clothing.
Authorities say she left with two unknown black males.
The Alabama Real-Time News reported that Juvenile Investigators were looking to charge the missing mother with chemical endangerment and exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are produced or distributed.
When she was admitted to the hospital, the woman said she 22 and from Georgia but used a fake social security number.
Now police have released two images of her in hopes someone will come forward to identify the fugitive mother.
Earlier surveillance footage from her hotel shows the woman wearing a strapless shirt showing off a large tattoo on her chest.
The baby boy is currently being taken care of by the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit.
The Alabama Department of Human Resources will assume custody of the boy when he is released.
'We're concerned about her as well,' Tuscaloosa Police Sgt Michael Chaisson toldTuscaloosanews.com
. 'We want to talk to her and make sure that she's OK.'
Prenatal exposure to cocaine and opiates has a serious affect on newborn babies.
Studies have shown that exposure to the drugs can lead to severe emotional, mental and physical disabilities.
Prenatal cocaine exposure has been associated with premature birth, birth defects, attention deficit disorder and other conditions.
Neurodevelopmental problems associated with prenatal opiate exposure include short attention span, hyperactivity, and sleep disturbances.
on Sep. 20, 2013 at 10:45 PM