A drug addict, Chrystal A. Hassell, gave birth to a premature baby in a Florida motel bathtub and then cut the umbilical code with her teeth.
The baby is reported to be in a critical condition and the mother is said to be on suicide watch at the Marion County jail, Florida, where she is being held for child neglect.
The sad and shocking episode took place while the pregnant crack cocaine addict was on a drug abuse binge. It is claimed that he did not know that she was pregnant until only last month at which time she had vowed never to use drugs again.
Hassell`s boyfriend Vincent Terry said; ‘I knew she had a history of doing drugs, but not that she was doing drugs. She just found out she was pregnant’.
He also added: “She’s not a bad person. She just got a problem and together, we’ll fight it.” Hassell has an 11-month-old baby which has now been placed into foster care.
She also has a 16-year-old daughter who was born addicted to drugs as a result of the mother`s drug use during her pregnancy.