HANFORD, Calif. - Hanford police said Adora Perez used meth just a couple of days before giving birth to a stillborn baby on New Year's Eve.
Nurses at Adventist Birthing Center in hanford ran tests and found traces of meth in both the mother and baby.
"She's a self-proclaimed addict and said she's been using for years. We have several contacts with her for using meth," said Hanford Police Sgt. Justin Vallin.
Sgt. Vallin said detectives served a search warrant at Perez's home on Galileo Court and found evidence of drug use inside.
Police said Perez's family also told them she used drugs throughout her pregnancy. Officers arrested Perez on January 1st.
"It's pretty sad that happened," said neighbor Corey Elliott.
Elliott said he's not too surprised the suspect lived near him.
"We just noticed a lot of odd characters hanging around and that's about it. A lot of traffic here and there," said Elliott.
Police said Perez has other children but they do not stay with her. Sgt. Vallin hopes other moms addicted to drugs will think twice and get the help they need.
"There's programs throughout the state and county for people who want help," said Sgt. Vallin. "They have to take the initial step to go out and get help."
Perez will be in court tomorrow for her arraignment. Toxicology reports will show how much meth was in the child and mother's systems.