Jacksonville woman pleads guilty to exposing baby to meth

Jacksonville woman pleads guilty to exposing baby to meth
Peyton Raymond, left, and Haley Reed were arrested after a child tested positive for exposure to drugs. (Source: Smith County Judicial Records)

JACKSONVILLE, TX (KLTV) - A Jacksonville woman has pleaded guilty to exposing her baby to meth in an investigation which began when the baby fell onto a concrete floor in November.

Court records show Haley Elaine Reed, 20, pleaded guilty in Judge Kerry Russell's court on Monday. Her sentencing hearing is set for May 29.

Reed had been in the Smith County Jail since Dec. 5 and was released Monday on a personal recognizance bond.

The father of the baby, Payton Raymond, was arrested a day earlier. He is scheduled for a jury trial on May 14.

According to an arrest affidavit, the investigation began on Nov. 17 at a Tyler hospital in reference to an injury to a child. A Smith County deputy reported that Reed had brought a 9-month-old baby to the hospital and the baby had a depressed skull fracture. A doctor said it could have happened from a simple fall and treated and released the baby.

Reed told a deputy that she had dropped the baby off with his father, Raymond, on Nov. 12. She said she picked him up on Nov. 17. She said Raymond told her the baby fell so she took him to the hospital.

Deputies interviewed the parents on Nov. 21. Raymond admitted that he was sleeping with the baby and realized the baby needed a diaper change. He said as he reached for a diaper bag, the baby fell off the bed and onto a concrete floor.

Raymond admitted he lied to CPS because he did not want to get in any trouble. He also admitted his drug test would show marijuana and cocaine in his system.

Reed appeared to be under the influence of drugs during her interview, according to the affidavit.

Raymond signed a form allowing for the baby to be tested for drugs, according to the affidavit.

On Nov. 29, the detective received the test results, which showed the baby tested positive for meth.

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