Green Creek mom arrested for shaking baby, giving Xanax

Published 8:54 am Monday, August 1, 2011

Baby now in foster care
A 23-year-old Green Creek mother has been arrested after being suspected of shaking her 2-month old baby and giving it Xanax, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
The female baby survived its injuries and is currently in foster care, according to Det. Michael Capps.
Keisha Mae Harris, of 751 Lee Cudd Road, Rutherfordton, N.C., was charged with child abuse and selling or delivering  a controlled substance to a minor, according to sheriff’s office reports.
Harris was brought into the sheriff’s office Thursday, July 28 after indictments were handed down by a Polk County grand jury this week.
The incident occurred on June 21. Capps said the mother took the baby to a Rutherford County doctor after the baby was lethargic and difficult to wake up. The doctor’s office sent the baby to Rutherford Hospital. Because of the nature of the baby’s injuries, Capps said, the baby was sent to Mission Hospital in Asheville.
The baby suffered bleeding on both sides of the brain and a skull fracture, according to Capps.
The baby also tested positive for Xanax, Capps said.
The hospital contacted the Polk County Department of Social Services (DSS) and DSS alerted the sheriff’s office of the case.
The baby is reported to be doing well and is being specially monitored in foster care due to its injuries. The baby is now 3 months old.
Harris was being held in jail as of July 28 on a $5,000 bond.

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