PITTSFIELD — In the midst of delivering her child in June, Karissa J. Jandran allegedly asked doctors to allow her to use heroin to get through the pain.
Jandran, 26, of North Adams, now faces charges of heroin possession and reckless endangerment of a child in connection with that incident.
Jandran said she wasn't aware she had gone into labor when she was transported by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center.
Based on her request to use heroin, hospital staff suspected she had some with her and notified police.
Police visited Jandran in the hospital and asked if she had any heroin with her.
She said, "yeah," and emptied the contents of her purse, which included five loose bags of heroin and a red box.
When asked what was in the box, Jandran replied "more," and turned the box over to police.
According to court records, Jandran had 55 bags of heroin in her possession.
She allegedly told hospital staff she typically does a "bundle" of heroin per hour.
Jandran was told a court summons would issue and a mandatory report to the Department of Children and Families would be made.
According to information presented in Central Berkshire District Court Friday, Jandran's child is in DCF custody.
She pleaded not guilty to her charges before Judge William Rota, who released her on her own recognizance and set a pretrial hearing date of Sept. 28.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.