Due to her drug use while pregnant, Stacey Freeman was sent to prison. She wasn’t pregnant, though.
The Etowah County Department of Human Resources (DHR) was looking into Freeman, who resides in Gallant, Alabama, for alleged drug use in January. According to a lawsuit Freeman filed on November 7 against the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, one of her daughters informed a DHR employee that her mother was pregnant during the investigation.
When a caseworker confronted Freeman, she offered to take a pregnancy test at the courthouse and denied being pregnant. She was denied one.
Instead, the mother was taken into custody and lodged in the Etowah County Detention Center after being charged with endangering a child chemically. For 36 hours, she was forced to sleep on the jail floor. She requested pads while going through her menstrual cycle, but they never materialized. Her bond would be $10,000, it was said.