DEATH * BY * METH

This is dedicated to Travis Holappa who was kidnapped, tortured and murdered on July 25, 2004 in Northern Minnesota. This was all due to meth. I am Travis' mother and I wish to make this devastation turn into a better thing by educating and exposing the truth about meth, the dangers, and the deadly consequences it brings about to individuals and communities.

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I want to do what I can to educate people about what is going on around the world with the meth problem. I want people to know about it BEFORE they even get the idea to want to try it. It is a dangerous drug and will ruin your life as well as all those who love you. I am on a mission on behalf of my only son, Travis.

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Tot's meth test leads to arrest of mother

www.twincities.com/mld/twincities/news/local/13732026.htm
Woman, 19, fails to make court appearance this week
BY ALEX FRIEDRICH
Pioneer Press

A sick, filthy and possibly jaundiced 11-month-old West Lakeland Township baby was taken from his mother earlier this month and placed in the care of child protective services, nearly nine months after authorities found a trace of methamphetamine in his body.
Ramsey County childprotection officials had been looking for the toddler and his mother, 19-year-old Lindsey Marie Adams, since March when county officials were awarded emergency custody of the baby boy after he tested positive for meth. It's unclear what prompted that testing.
Adams, who was arrested Jan. 15 on suspicion of endangering a child, failed to appear at a hearing scheduled Thursday, court officials say, and a warrant was issued in the case.
Attempts to locate Adams for comment were unsuccessful, and the Washington County Public Defender's Office would not release the name of her attorney to comment on her behalf.
According to the criminal complaint, an informant who tipped off investigators about their location this month said the child was sick and had skin that was yellowed, a sign of possible jaundice. The informant also said Adams and the boy's father had been physically fighting over a bag of meth in front of the child on Jan. 14.
When Washington County deputies entered Adams' Stagecoach Trail residence the next day, the complaint states, they found the baby in dirty clothing with a dirty diaper. Deputy Angela Hanson saw dried yellow mucus around the boy's eyes and in his nose.
Because the child's diaper needed changing, Sgt. Cheri Dexter reached for clean diapers out of a diaper box. When she opened the box, Dexter found a glass baby bottle with what looked like meth residue, as well as tubing and small plastic baggies, according to the complaint.
They sent the boy to Gillette Children's Hospital, and he is now in protective custody.
When deputies searched the mother's purse, they allegedly found three glass marijuana pipes with burnt residue, one and a half grams of marijuana in a small bag, two packs of rolling paper and a small bag of methamphetamine, the complaint states.
The Washington County Attorney has charged Adams with two counts of child endangerment, one count of child neglect and one count of fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. The most serious charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
The child's current condition was not available. Ramsey County officials said confidentiality laws prohibit them from releasing such information.
Washington County authorities said lab tests done after the boy was taken into protective custody did not find the drug, although they said those tests may not be conclusive.
It's also unclear how the baby was exposed to meth in March.
Deborah Durkin, who coordinates the methamphetamine program at the Minnesota Health Department, said babies can take in meth through breastfeeding if their mothers are on the drug. They also can absorb it when their mothers smoke or cook meth or when the babies crawl on surfaces where meth was once made.
Babies also can be born with meth in their bodies. The drug stays in the body for up to 48 hours after birth, but the damage could last for years.
Research on the subject still is slim. Durkin said a baby who tests positive for meth is not necessarily dependent or suffering great harm. Much depends on the dose. It also is difficult to sort out how much damage comes from meth compared to damage from alcohol and other substances that drug users often take while they're on meth, she said.
Durkin said metro-area hospitals and family agencies are seeing an increase in the number of mothers with meth-damaged children.
The problem "is not at all uncommon, and it's growing," she said.
Alex Friedrich can be reached at afriedrich@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-2109.

6 Comments:

Blogger JJ said...

I am pleased to see a site dedicated to the meth problem in MN. I beleive it had reached epidemic proportations, crossing economic gaps and levels, creating a web of suffering that goes far beyond the individual user. I will add you as a link to my blog.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please delete this article. "Tot's meth test leads to arrest of mother".. The young woman that had made this horrific decision as a 19 year old addict/alcoholic has completed a statewide drug-court program and has been clean and sober for over a decade. The young child involved in this incident has grown up to be a healthy young man.This article appears with just a simple google of the womans name...... ****If not deleted, you will be hearing from legal represention..,.. Please and thank you....

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 1:49:00 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

I am sorry. The article was from the Pioneer Press. 2006.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017 2:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The article from the pioneer press can no longer be found because of request for deletion. Please take it off of your blog. Last request. I'm sorry for the dedicated request for the individual this page us devoted for, but please update and use an alternative and more recent article. Please and thank you.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 6:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The little boy who was featured in this article tried to kill himself due to being bulied after some classmates read this. I think its time to take this down. Can you imagine his pain? not only does this childs mother have to live with this,but he is innocent. Please remove this she has been sober many years, it was 11 years ago. He should not have to deal with this. You have had this up here long enough. I understand your pain and hatred for meth, I share that with you, but this sweet innocent boy is now suffering.

Monday, March 27, 2017 3:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Find a new article that's more recent. Drug addiction is a disease and not only are the children and loved ones victimized in meth addiction, but the addict also is suffering . In this case, the addict has cleaned up their act and is in recovery. This article is affecting the family of the victim on this case. It's an 11 year out of date story. Please find a new one to replace it . Your son Travis probably used drugs and got himself killed because his mother is an inconsiderate bitch that doesn't respect or understand the cycle of addiction. Screw you. Take this article down and find a new one. This link to your dumb blog site is found in a google search. If you have any heart for a recovering addict and their suffering family, you will delete this post. Please and thank you. I'll be checking it again soon.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:42:00 PM  

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