Sheriff's office cleared in inmate's baby death; mother admitted - KXXV Central Texas News Now

Sheriff's office cleared in inmate's baby death; mother admitted to using drugs while pregnant

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ELLIS COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -

The Ellis County Sheriff’s Office said they are confident that they were not at fault in a death of a premature infant on May 26.

According to the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested Shaye Marie Bear on March 10 for possession of a controlled substance concealed in her vagina.

Bear received extensive medical evaluation upon entering the jail. She received regular medical care and evaluation, including prenatal care. Bear consistently refused certain medical options that were made for her.

According to the sheriff’s office, Bear knew she was pregnant at the time she put controlled substances in her vagina and admitted that it was dangerous behavior. She also admitted to giving birth to another child at the Dallas County Jail while she was charged with another felony drug offense in that county.

Bear also told authorities that she had received no medical care for her unborn child prior to her time at Ellis County Jail. 

On May 17, Bear gave birth to a premature infant, and they were both transported to Baylor Scott & White for extensive care. "Baby Bear" was flown to Cooks Children’s Hospital for medical care.

Baby Bear was pronounced dead on May 26, according to the sheriff’s office. The cause of death is pending the autopsy report.

Multiple witnesses said Bear displayed antipathy toward her unborn child, and her conduct was noted as being detrimental to the life of her baby. 

The account of events prior to "Baby Bear's" birth has been corroborated by jail staff, medical staff and inmates that were housed with Bear.

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