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NEW DETAILS: Odessa Mother's Premature Baby Tested Positive for Three Drugs


By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - NewsWest 9 has learned new details about the case of an Odessa mother whose seven children tested positive for cocaine.

The investigation started after one of those children, a premature baby, died. The baby tested positive for two other drugs. Police said this case is rare but no less disturbing.

According to an arrest affidavit, on Sept. 26th, paramedics rushed to a house in the 1000 block of Dwayne Street where a woman had gone into premature labor.

"They arrived to the house, she had in fact given birth, mother and baby were both transported to Medical Center Hospital," Sgt. Robin Smith with the Odessa Police Department, said.

The mother was 30-year-old Talisha Redic also known as Talisha Cleveland . NewsWest 9 learned her baby was born at only 25 weeks.

"The baby was in the NIC (neo-natal intensive care) unit the whole time he was at the hospital," Sgt. Smith said.

Hospital staff ran a number of tests using the baby's meconium fluid.

"It's basically a road map to what mom had in her system during the pregnancy," Smith said.

Those tests revealed shocking results.

According to the official documents, the baby tested positive for cocaine, opiates and benzodiazepines.

A few weeks later, the newborn died.

The death was ruled as natural causes but the discovery of drugs led to an investigation by Odessa Police.

Detectives learned Redic had six more kids back at home. The kids were also tested and those results came back positive for cocaine.

The affidavit states the children range in age from eleven years old all the way down to just one-year-old.

"I've been in this career for 26 years and three months," Smith said. "I have seen good and bad, but by far, I have never seen this many children in one household where this has happened."

According to the affidavit, Redic "allowed the ingestion of illegal drugs into her children."

"I can't get into a lot of detail on that because it is a prudent part of the case," Smith said. "I can say as far as physically giving the drugs to the children, we don't believe that happened."

Redic turned herself in at the Ector County Detention Center where she's now behind bars.

Redic hired an attorney right before turning herself in. NewsWest 9 reached out to her lawyer for a comment but did not get a response.

Redic has a $100,000 bond for each of the seven charges.