HANFORD — Hanford Police officers said they have arrested a Hanford woman on suspicion of second-degree murder after she gave birth to a stillborn baby, whose death is believed to be related to methamphetamine use.
The woman, 29-year-old Adora Perez, was still being treated at the Adventist Health Birthing Center early Sunday morning when officers said they responded to the center for a report of a stillborn baby which had been delivered around 10 p.m. Dec. 30.
Police said initial reports from the attending physician determined Perez and the stillborn baby tested positive for methamphetamine when the child was delivered. Officers said other factors also led the attending physician to believe that the death of the child was related to meth use.
Officials said Hanford Police detectives were called to the scene and learned that Perez had a significant drug history and was a self-admitted “drug addict.”
Detectives contacted several witnesses, as well as the stillborn baby’s family, who police said confirmed Perez’s drug use throughout her pregnancy.
A search warrant was served on Perez’s residence and officers said further evidence of drug use was found inside her home.
In talking with the medical staff, police said officers learned that the stillborn baby was delivered at full term and was approximately 37 weeks when born. Police officials said they believe Perez ingested meth throughout her pregnancy as well as within a couple days of delivering the child.
Authorities said Perez was arrested Monday and booked into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder.