Mother arrested after giving birth in motel bathtub

By Monica Whitsel, Associate Producer, The Morning Show, mwhitsel@wjxt.com
Associated Press
Published On: Apr 16 2014 07:32:16 AM EDT
OCALA, Fla. -

Police arrested a mother after they say she gave birth to child while on a crack cocaine binge. 

Authorities say Chrystal A. Hassell, 37, gave birth in the bathtub of an Ocala motel.  The infant, who's in critical condition, was born prematurely. 

Hassell says she found out she was pregnant last month. 

A Department of Children and Families spokeswoman says the agency took custody of the infant along with his 11-month-old brother, according to the Ocala Star Banner.

According to the Ocala Star-Banner, after giving birth Hassell noticed the baby started to turn blue so she called 911. 

Police arrested Hassell and charged her with child neglect. 

Her boyfriend, who is currently in jail, says they provided the judge contacts to family members, but no outcome had been decided. 

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