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UPDATE: Mother Arrested After Seven Children Test Positive For Cocaine

Seven young children tested positive for cocaine. Their mother was arrested Thursday.
UPDATE: On February 10, District Attorney Bobby Bland issued a statement after Redic was indicted by a grand jury.

The statement and findings of the grand jury are below:

Ector County District Attorney, Bobby Bland, issues the following statement: 
Today, the Grand Jury considered the evidence in the case against Talisha Cleveland aka Talisha Redic.   The Grand Jury returned 7 indictments of Endangering a Child due to cocaine found in the children's system.  One of the children that tested positive was born pre-maturely and died after 25 days in the hospital.
The Grand Jury also considered the actions taken by the Investigators of the Ector County Medical Examiner's Office.  They issued findings in accordance with evidence presented.  The conclusion of these findings is as follows: 
"We find that an autopsy should have been performed, and it was reckless of the Medical Examiner's Office Investigators to not seek an autopsy.  As a result of this decision, evidence was destroyed which has limited our ability to fully investigate the matter at hand.  We, the Grand Jury find that the Investigators of the Ector County Medical Examiner's Office lack credibility, competence and accountability, and we recommend the Ector County Commissioners' Court take immediate action against the agency"
District Attorney Bobby Bland states "I appreciate the hard work of the Grand Jury and its findings.  They are consistent with the evidence and bring to light troubling issues regarding justice in Ector County.  The maximum punishment for the current charges is 2 years in prison.  Had and autopsy been performed we might have been able to develop evidence sufficient to charge the Defendant with a 1st degree felony, which carries the maximum penalty of life.  Justice has been denied for this infant's death.  My hope is that the Ector County Commissioners
Court will reconsider this matter and show the Grand Jury and it's findings the respect it deserves.  If action is not taken by the Commissioners Court, as urged by the Grand Jury, I fear for our ability to seek justice in Ector County."

 
 
FINDINGS OF THE GRAND JURY
 
Judge Smith:
 
The grand jury has considered the presentation of evidence against Talisha Cleveland a/k/a Talisha Redic regarding the need for an autopsy in the death of Talvis Shetalvion Dadon Redic.  After full consideration of the evidence, we find that the actions of the Ector County Medical Examiner's Office Investigators, Shirley Standefer and Sondra Woolf, are serious enough to warrant this public statement.
I.
This Grand Jury finds that on October 21, 2013 members of the Odessa Police Department became aware of a child that had died possibly as the result of criminal activity on the part of his mother, Talisha Cleveland a/k/a Talisha Redic.  The Odessa Police Department requested the Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.  Ector County Medical Examiner's Office Investigators, Sondra Woolf and Shirley Standefer, sought advise only from individuals from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office and the child's attending physician, without fully disclosing all of the facts that were available to them.  The Chief Investigator of the Ector County Medical Examiner's Office, Shirley Standefer, made a decision to deny the police department's request despite an ongoing criminal investigation as well as an investigation by Child Protective Services.  This decision was made without consulting the appointed Medical Examiner, Dr. Anne Acreman.  The refusal to autopsy the child made by Shirley Standefer is contrary to the standard practice of other medical examiners' offices. 
II.
We find that an autopsy should have been performed, and it was reckless of the Medical Examiner's Office Investigators to not seek an autopsy.  As a result of this decision, evidence was destroyed which has limited our ability to fully investigate the matter at hand.  We, the Grand Jury find that the Investigators of the Ector County Medical Examiner's Office lack credibility, competence and accountability, and we recommend the Ector County Commissioners' Court take immediate action against the agency.


UPDATE:
Talisha Redic was arrested Thursday afternoon. Odessa Police say Redic turned herself in Thursday afternoon. She's now being held in the Ector County Jail.


Original Article:

ODESSA -- Seven young children tested positive for cocaine, now a warrant is out for their mother's arrest.

Here is the full press release from Odessa Police:

DATE: December 17, 2013                           
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Endangering a Child, 2nd Degree Felony
DATE/TIME REPORTED: October 21, 2013
LOCATION: 200 Block of Lotteman

SUMMARY:

On October 21st, 2013, officers responded to Medical Center Hospital in reference to an infant who had tested positive for cocaine. The mother of the child was identified as Talisha Redic, date of birth 12/25/1982. She is also known as Talisha Tatia Cleveland. Investigators learned that Redic had six more children, who were all between the ages of two and eleven.

All six children have since been drug tested and all six tested positive for cocaine. Investigation revealed that Redic intentionally engaged in conduct that placed all six of her children in imminent danger of death, bodily injury or physical impairment. Based on the facts and circumstances, six felony warrants have been obtained for Redic for the offense of Endangering a Child, a second degree felony.  

At this time, investigators are searching for Redic. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 432-333-TIPS or Detective Brad Cline with the Odessa Police Department at 432-333-3641. The investigation is ongoing.  


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