A newborn tested positive for fentanyl and morphine, now the mom faces a criminal charge

A mom faces up to a decade in prison after her baby tested positive for drugs, according to an arrest warrant.

Myrtle Beach police arrested Gina Skipper, 36, on a charge of unlawful neglect of a child.

On July 3, a Department of Social Services worker told police that in late June Skipper gave birth and the baby tested positive for morphine and fentanyl, according to the warrant. The child was born at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.

She did not have a prescription for either drug, police said.

Unlawful neglect of a child is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.