On January 19, Corinth police were called by Child Protective Services about a baby that had just been born at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
CPS told them that the mother, Whitley Bates, tested positive for methamphetamine among other drugs, and had left the hospital without being discharged and without her baby.
The newborn also tested positive for methamphetamine.
Bates was arrested for a felony child abuse charge that includes neglect and endangerment regarding the presence of dangerous drugs. Det. Swindle will present this case to an Alcorn County Grand Jury.