A COUPLE found out their home was once a drug factory – after their unborn baby girl tested positive for crystal meth.
Mum-to-be Elisha Hessel said she was stunned when doctors found traces of metamphetamine in her daughter’s system.
Elisha and Tyler Hessel were shocked to discover their unborn daughter had traces of amphetamine in her system[/caption]
The couple later found out their home had been used as a drug factory[/caption]
Elisha, of Missouri, US, also tested positive for the drug – even though both she and her husband Tyler have never used it, reports Fox News.
She told St Louis’s KSDK-TV: “When they called me, I didn’t know what that meant. So, I asked the nurse if that meant, like, drugs in general. She basically just said ‘yes’ and asked me if I could explain that.”
The couple later discovered that their four-bedroom home in Jefferson County was once a meth lab.
According to a police report obtained by KSDK-TV, the home was on Jefferson County’s list of 2013 meth lab seizures.
Missouri law states sellers are required to disclose to buyers when a home has historically been used as a meth lab.
After conducting their own tests of the home, the Hessels found dangerous amounts of amphetamine residue throughout the house and in the ventilation.
They are now living with Elisha’s mother.
According to a GoFundMe page, remediating the contamination will cost them $100,000 (£80,000), “with no help from the insurance company”.
Elisha told WFAA: “Everybody wants to have their own home when they bring their baby home.
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“A lot of it’s the disappointment and being upset over it, but I have definitely been angry over it as well.”
Elisha has since tested negative for amphetamine in her blood.
Her daughter, who is expected in January, will be tested when she is born.
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