BANGOR – A 21-year-old local mother who admitted in court on Tuesday that she shot up with methamphetamines and then a few minutes later breast fed her child will not be going to jail.
“She’s now been inducted into Drug [Treatment] Court,” said Suzanne Russell, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County. “Drug court is a very intensive program that she will have to complete in order to get the good disposition later on.”
Alyssa Murch pleaded guilty to five charges — aggravated drug furnishing, domestic violence assault against a child, and endangering the welfare of a child for the Dec. 16 overdose of her 7-month-old son. As well as operating a meth lab and for violating conditions of her release.
“Shortly after ingesting the methamphetamines she began to nurse her 7-month-old child,” Maggie Grey, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, told the judge.
“He had stopped breathing and he had been rushed to the hospital,” she also said.
In a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office, Murch — who is five months pregnant — was sentenced to three years with all but 76 days suspended, or time served. Then, she was accepted into drug court.
“I want to have a clean and sober life and be the mother my kids deserve,” Murch told Judge Charles Budd. “And be a good mom.”
“It was the state’s plan from the very beginning before we knew she was pregnant,” Russell said. “But now it’s even more important that we give her his opportunity to rehabilitate herself. She had a significant drug addiction problem, but now with the new child on the way it’s very important that she participate in this.”
The judge was not happy about hearing Murch told people at Penobscot County Jail that she was getting out.
“I’m not encouraged to hear that was a comment you made yesterday,” Budd said.
“That is not the purpose of drug court,” he also said.
Grey said Murch’s baby, who lost four pounds while she was feeding it drug-tainted breastmilk, is now living with relatives and is doing fine.
After the hearing, Murch was taken directly from the county jail to a local rehab.