MOBILE COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — A local mother admits to using heroin and meth throughout her entire pregnancy, resulting in the death of her newborn, according to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.

Amanda Malpas, 34, was arrested Thursday and charged with chemical endangerment of a child resulting in death.

The baby was born March 5 and died the same day at a hospital, MCSO said.

“This is one of the cases you work on that you really sometimes are not prepared for and definitely do not want to be a part of. It’s very sad all the way around,” said Sgt. Mark Bailey with the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office.

Amanda Malpas

Paramedics were called to her home on Cowart Road on March 5th.

“When they arrived, the female was holding a child, a newly born child that was struggling to breathe, that was barely conscious,” said Sgt. Bailey.

Paramedics found Malpas with a heroin needle in her arm the day of the birth, Sgt. Bailey said.

Sgt. Bailey said Malpas told deputies she self-medicated with heroin during the birth to deal with labor pains.

“I’m sorry,” Malpas told reporters Thursday when asked if she had a message for her family. Malpas, on crutches, made the comment as deputies escorted her to a patrol vehicle to take her to Metro Jail to be booked.

Malpas already has two other children who are not in her custody. The sheriff’s office says she knew she was pregnant about 6 months ago. They say she admitted to taking heroin and methamphetamine throughout her pregnancy.

The chemical endangerment charge is a Class A felony that carries a potential life sentence. Sgt. Baily said the charge could be upgraded to murder at a later date.