Etowah County woman charged with chemical endangerment of a child

An Etowah County woman has been arrested and charged with chemical endangerment of a child, according to Sheriff Todd Entrekin.

Kimberly Dawn Roden, 36, of Altoona, was arrested on July 19 and is charged with one count of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which controlled substances are ingested, produced or distributed.{} The charge is a felony.

Roden admitted to ingesting loratabs and smoking marijuana during her pregnancy.{} Her child was delivered prematurely in June and remains in a Birmingham hospital at this time.

"It is simply unacceptable for an adult to endanger a child's life with their choice to use drugs," says Sheriff Todd Entrekin.{} "I have committed to protecting those who cannot protect themselves.{} Anyone who chooses to use drugs and endanger the life of an innocent child will be held responsible, arrested and charged accordingly." {}

Roden was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center and later released on a $20,000 property bond.

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