By Sylvia Gonzalez
MIDLAND - On Thursday, NewsWest 9 told you about a pregnant Howard County woman on parole who tested positive for drug use. She's now being held for endangering her unborn child. NewsWest 9 spoke exclusively with the father of the baby and he said that this could have been avoided if a parole officer had done her job.
"If I can't depend on the mother to try to keep the baby as healthy as she can, then the authorities are my next natural choice," The father of the unborn child, said.
The father of Christene Beam's unborn baby says she is eight months pregnant. For the last five months, he has been contacting Beam's parole officer telling them of his concern that Beam is abusing drugs.
It's his feeling that the parole officers haven't done enough to protect his baby.
"Parole has known about this problem since October. It hasn't been just me calling parole, it's been several people that have called parole and been concerned with her drug use and abuse of this child," The father of unborn child, said.
Earlier this year, he sent a letter to the regional parole supervisor. The response he received stated that the Howard County Sheriff's Department advised them that Beam was a high risk pregnancy and that they wanted her moved before something happened and their agency had to incur the cost of her delivery. The baby's father says from the beginning, he has agreed to pay for any prenatal care that Beam might need.
"In fact today (Friday), I got off the phone with an OBGYN that the Sheriff's Department recommended and made financial arrangements to make sure that she received care and that I would be financially responsible," The father of unborn child, said.
He says he knows this is a controversial issue, but feels that as a father, he is entitled to certain rights where his unborn child is concerned and he is determined to fight till the end.
"My lawyer has advised me from the very beginning when I hired her that this was a special case. I feel that if I need to take this all the way to the Supreme Court for fathers to have rights to their unborn children, absolutely I will take it all the way to the Supreme Court. I will do whatever I have to do," The father of unborn child, said.
NewsWest 9 called the parole officer for Beam and the regional parole supervisor multiple times and they have not yet returned our calls.