UPDATE: First-degree murder charges dismissed for local mom after infants' death after birth
UPDATE: The charges of first-degree murder made against a Chattanooga woman in connection to the deaths of her infants have been dropped.
The Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office dropped all charges against Tiffany Marie Roberts Thursday morning.
Roberts gave birth July 21, 2019 to twins who reportedly had drugs in their systems. The twins died two days later.
Roberts was then charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and viable fetus as victim.
Thursday morning, Executive Assistant District Attorney Cameron Williams told Judge Gerald Webb the decision to drop the charges was made after conferring with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The medical examiner said preliminary findings show the cause of death could not be linked solely with Robert’s alleged drug abuse.
Because of that, Williams said, state law did not support prosecuting the case.
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According to the complaint affidavit, 29-year-old Tiffany Marie Roberts prematurely gave birth to the infants on July 21.
The complaint says Chattanooga police were told by medical staff at TC Thompson that both infants tested positive for several narcotics, including cocaine, at the time of their birth.
Medical staff also told police that Roberts tested positive on three different days for Cocaine, Oxycodone, Roxicodone, meth and Benzodiazepines during her pregnancy, according to the complaint.
Roberts admitted to using the drugs mentioned in the complaint and told police that “she has a problem.”
The complaint says Roberts admitted to taking an ecstasy pill on July 20, which she said caused her to experience shortness of breath and led to her going to the hospital where she was prepped for emergency labor.
Roberts is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and neglect under Haley’s Law, and viable fetus as victim.
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