Mom didn’t call for help after 8-month-old child consumed Suboxone in Alamance County, deputies say

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Autumn Rebekah Ross

Autumn Rebekah Ross

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A woman was arrested after her child consumed Suboxone, a prescription drug for treating opioid addiction.

At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to Moses Cone Hospital on a report of child neglect.

Deputies say Autumn Rebekah Ross, 32, of Graham, was looking after her 8-month-old child when the child consumed her prescription Suboxone.

Ross allegedly knew the child had consumed the drug but decided not to call emergency services to avoid contact with law enforcement. The child was later taken to the hospital.

Ross told a family friend what happened, instead of getting help.

“The friend contacted poison control and transported the baby to the hospital to receive medical care,” said an Alamance County prosecutor, while in court on Wednesday.

Inside the courtroom, FOX8 crews learned this is not the first time the child had overdosed.

“Judge, the troubling part of this record is that she has a pending negligent child abuse matter of the same circumstance in Guilford County,” added the prosecutor.

It happened back in January.

A Guilford County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told FOX8 they took a warrant out on Ross in February for felony neglect child abuse inflicting serious injury.

“This is the same child. The allegations in the other county including a broken bone, this does not include that,” said Ross’ court-appointed defender.

FOX8 crews stopped by Ross’ home in Graham on Wednesday afternoon. No one wanted to speak about the allegations and charges

Ross was arrested at the hospital and charged with negligent child abuse causing serious bodily injury.

She received a $100,000 secured bond.

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