BUTTE — A Butte mother accused of giving birth in June while high on methamphetamine will return to Montana on Friday to face her felony charges.
Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said an inmate shuttle service will transport Michelle Renee Yallup. She will likely make her first local court appearance next week, he said.
Yallup, 29, was accused of more crimes in Utah, where she has been held since apprehended on July 21. Officials there decided not to pursue allegations of obstructing a peace officer, child abuse and possession of marijuana.
“Ours are a lot smaller compared to the trouble she is in there,” said Detective Kevin Potter with the Box Elder County Sheriff’s Office in Utah.
Potter added the dismissal is pretty common practice.
In Anaconda, Yallup faces felony charges of child endangerment and forgery. Yallup sparked a multi-state search after fleeing from an Anaconda hospital after she and her baby boy tested positive for methamphetamine in June.
Meanwhile, her month-old baby boy has been looked after by the Utah Department of Family Services. Yallup and the infant were picked up after a tip lead law enforcement officers to a truck stop in Willard, Utah. He is said to be in good condition.
Yallup, who was in labor on June 17, gave her sister’s name upon admittance to the hospital. Her total bill from the hospital was $13,338, court documents note. Prosecutors issued a felony warrant for forgery based on these allegations. Yallup left the hospital with her child illegally and against medical advice.
Hospital officials said they have since retooled their security measures.