MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A Memphis mother may get to avoid jail time for giving birth to her fourth child that tested positive for drugs if she can successfully complete a new program at the Shelby County Drug Court.
35-year-old Ora Boler appeared in court on January 25, 2012 on charges of Reckless Endangerment after she gave birth to a baby girl in November that tested positive for cocaine. Boler also tested positive for cocaine at the birth.
According to police, family members stated that Boler is homeless and a known crack addict. Her youngest daughter is the fourth of her six children born on drugs.
A judge ordered Boler to undergo evaluation to see if she is qualified to participate a new program for mothers at the Shelby County Drug Court. Boler would be the seventh mother to join the program since it launched in August 2011. If she qualifies and successfully completes the program, her criminal charges would be dropped. Otherwise, her case will be prosecuted in criminal court.
Boler's evaluation for the program will be reviewed in court on Jan. 30th. The child is currently in state custody.