LIBERTY - Casey Circuit Judge James G. Weddle on Thursday threw out a case against a woman charged with endangering her unborn baby by snorting cocaine just before the baby was born, but then said he hoped his ruling would be challenged.
"I hope the Attorney General's office would appeal this and take it to the Supreme Court, which is where I think it ought to go," Weddle said from the bench after dismissing a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment against Ina Cochran.
Cochran, 37, of Creston Water Tower Road, gave birth to a daughter, Cheyenne, on Dec. 29. Both mother and child tested positive for cocaine in their urine the next day, which led to Cochran's indictment, said Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Wright.
Cochran's attorney, public defender Shelby Horn of Columbia, requested Thursday's hearing and asked Weddle to dismiss the case based on a 1993 ruling by the state Supreme Court.