Pregnant Hamilton woman charged with endangering baby

2014-08-28T16:00:00Z 2014-09-16T06:35:03Z Pregnant Hamilton woman charged with endangering babyBy PERRY BACKUS Ravalli Republic The Billings Gazette
August 28, 2014 4:00 pm  • 

HAMILTON — A Hamilton woman who has been charged in three separate felony cases since last September is now facing a felony criminal endangerment charge for putting her unborn child at risk by taking illegal drugs.

Casey Gloria Allen, 21, appeared Wednesday before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Jim Bailey on the latest felony count.

Court records said a urine test on Aug. 26 came back positive for the presence of benzodiazapines, THC and opiates. A sample from a week earlier also came back positive for illegal drugs.

Allen is 12 weeks pregnant.

Since September, Allen was arrested initially on felony theft and felony criminal possession of methamphetamine charges. After that incident, she was arrested a second time for obstructing justice. A third incident led to an arrest for felony possession of opiates and hash oil.

“The reality for some of these women is the need for drugs is stronger than any maternal instinct they have,” said Ravalli County deputy attorney Thorin Geist.

Geist said Allen is tentatively scheduled for trial on the obstructing justice charge on Sept. 8.

Allen’s bail amount has increased after each arrest. She was out on bail before the most recent arrest for criminal endangerment over concerns about her unborn child.

Bailey set bail at $100,000, with a requirement that Allen be tested for drugs if released.

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