Mother arrested after feeding her baby marijuana breast milk

Breastfeeding illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar 

A mother was arrested for feeding her baby marijuana delivered through her breast milk, according to court proceedings.

The mother in New Zealand, has now been convicted by a court.

Prosecutors said that the 29 year old, who was not identified, gave marijuana to her baby through breastfeeding.

The woman, who pleaded guilty last week, was sentenced to six months supervision.

The suspect was caught by authorities during a police search for drugs. The family members of the suspect were also arrested on drug charges.

Acting Senior Sergeant Andrew McDonald, told reporters that the woman's actions amounted to child abuse.

"Child abuse is domestic violence in these circumstances, and it is clear that this baby and his mother needed help," he said. "People often believe that drug related activity harms no one, but it sometimes affects the closest people around you."

New Zealand experts say that if the woman had not been convicted, she could have been able to avoid conviction.

Warren Brookbanks, a law professor at the University of Auckland, said that it would have been difficult to prove that the woman had deliberately administered marijuana to her baby through breast milk.

"It would be necessary for the prosecution to prove that the mother knew she had marijuana in her system, and that she intended to drug the baby.

This is not the first time a child has been exposed to marijuana at an early age. Earlier this year, a three year old, who lives in Murrieta, California, Slept for three days after her grandmother accidentally gave the toddler pot cookies.