The mother of an 8-month-old child who tested positive for meth has been charged with aggravated child abuse, authorities say.
Chancie Ann West, 33, of Altamont was seven months pregnant when she was arrested last year in Bedford County for promotion of meth manufacture, Detective Chad Webster of the Bedford County Sheriff's Department said.
"We have been keeping up with this case," Webster said. "The Department of Children's Services and I subpoenaed the medical records following the baby's birth. The baby tested positive for meth.
"On Dec. 8, 2011 we arrested her for promotion of meth manufacture. She was seven months pregnant and admitted to using meth."
West posted $15,000 bond, Bedford County Jail records indicate.