CASA: 13 drug addicted babies born in last 30 days in Evansville

CASA: 13 drug-addicted babies born in last 30 days in Evansville

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Officials with Vanderburgh County CASA have shared some sad statistics.

They say over the last 30 days, 13 babies born in Evansville were addicted to drugs.

“A majority of them tested positive in the hospital, so that would have been the call from the hospital," said CASA Marketing Coordinator Casey Blake. “Sometimes they go home with the parent and maybe someone makes a call because they have suspicions that there is drug activity.”

Blake says that number exceeds any 30-day span within the last two years. In 2018, the highest numbers was nine, and last year, 11.

“They are now determined a child in need, which is what we call CHINS Court. So at that point, that’s when we are assigned as CASA to put a volunteer with those cases,” said Blake.

Volunteers are court-appointed special advocates, which is the voice of an abused or neglected child throughout the legal process. Blake also encourages the community to reach out to those struggling with addiction.

“You just never know what you do or say to someone and how much that can mean to somebody," Blake said. “Just simply saying there is help, there is hope, there is plenty of places to go, even giving that message to a stranger can give somebody hope so."

If you are interested in volunteering, you can head over to CASA’s website for more information.

Joseph Payton will have a report tonight on 14 News.

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