'What are They Going to Eat?' Nursing Babies Put into Foster Care when Mother Arrested for Growing
“My babies, my babies…They took my babies…How is he going to eat? … He’s a newborn,” the audio embedded above replays the agonized sounds of a mother pleading as her children are taken away from her last September 29, 2011. Occasionally, the wail of a child can be heard faintly in the background. Daisy Bram and her husband Jayme Walsh were arrested for cultivating 38 outdoor and 58 indoor plants. The children, a nursing newborn and toddler, were taken away and kept in the home of strangers for 4 months. Peter Hect writing here and here for the Modesto Bee says,
…former Butte County DA investigator Eric Clay, who participated in the marijuana raid, testified that the home presented a danger to children because the place was strewn with marijuana buds and Pyrex dishes of hash, some of which could be reached by Thor [the toddler.]
Clay testified there was an additional danger to children because the marijuana garden, including 38 outdoor and 58 indoor plants, could draw armed robbers.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey contends that the toddler’s hair tested positive for THC. This case needs to be watched closely by growers with families.