Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

August 6, 2019
Newborn at hospital tests positive for opiates and amphetamines

Erda woman charged with felony endangerment of baby 

An Erda woman is facing criminal charges in 3rd District Court after her baby allegedly suffered from fetal exposure to illegal narcotics. 

Danielle Lynn Shostak, 26, is charged with second-degree felony endangerment of a child and misdemeanor use or possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Tooele County Sheriff’s detectives were notified by the state Division of Child and Family Services of a baby born at a Salt Lake area hospital under fetal exposure to illegal narcotics on July 30, the statement said. 

The hospital conducted toxicology tests on the baby, which came back positive for amphetamines and opiates. 

Following the birth, Shostak left the hospital and had not returned since, according to a probable cause statement. The baby had undergone two major surgeries and was in the infant intensive care unit, being monitored for life threatening medical conditions. 

After Shostak was arrested on July 31, she was interviewed by investigators and said she had another child born with fetal exposure to narcotics five years ago, according to the statement. She admitted to using methamphetamine and heroin on a daily basis during her most recent pregnancy. 

Prior to being booked into the jail, Shostak was searched and drug paraphernalia, including two syringes, a drug pipe with burn markings and burned tin foil were found, the statement said. 

Shostak is scheduled to make her initial appearance in 3rd District Court on Tuesday morning before Judge Matthew Bates.


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