2 Sumter mothers, newborns test positive for illegal drugs

Arrests made after amphetamine, opiates found in babies' systems

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 5/16/18

Two new mothers in their 20s have been arrested on child neglect charges after they and their newborns tested positive for illegal drugs.

Both were arrested in the separate incidents on May 14 after warrants were issued on May 11, according to …

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2 Sumter mothers, newborns test positive for illegal drugs

Arrests made after amphetamine, opiates found in babies' systems

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Two new mothers in their 20s have been arrested on child neglect charges after they and their newborns tested positive for illegal drugs.

Both were arrested in the separate incidents on May 14 after warrants were issued on May 11, according to Ken Bell, public information officer for the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.

Sharli Camille Grimsley, 27, of Beulah Cuttino Road in southern Sumter County, and her newborn daughter reportedly tested positive for amphetamine, according to the arrest warrant.

Taryn Leigh Giuffrida, 25, of Whisperwood Drive in Dalzell, and her newborn daughter reportedly tested positive for opiates and methadone, according to another arrest warrant.

While amphetamine and opiates can be used in prescription pills, Bell said both women tested for substances they are illegal.

Both women were tested at Palmetto Health Tuomey and face the charge of unlawful neglect of a child.

Both are scheduled to appear in general sessions court on June 8.

This is the second and third time in two months a mother has been arrested for her newborn child reportedly testing positive for illegal substances. An 18-year-old mother was arrested on April 13 after she and her newborn son tested positive for marijuana in October 2017. A warrant was issued in December 2017.