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Abuse charge dismissed in Va. heroin baby case

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 12:18pm  ET

STAFFORD, Va. - A Virginia woman who gave birth to a heroin-addicted baby has been convicted of a drug charge.

But a Stafford County Circuit Court judge dismissed a child abuse charge against 24-year-old Krystal Lynn Woodson.

The Free Lance-Star ( http://bit.ly/vDt9Iz) reports that Judge J. Martin Bass found Woodson guilty of heroin possession on Tuesday.

Defense attorney Jim Ilijevich had argued that Virginia's child abuse laws do not apply to fetuses.

Prosecutors say Woodson gave birth to the boy on Feb. 5. He received treatment for addiction at Mary Washington Hospital and now is in the care of his paternal grandmother.

The Free Lance-Star says the pregnancy was Woodson's ninth and she admitted using drugs while pregnant and after going into labor with the boy.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/


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