Anderson woman charged with using drugs while pregnant with baby who died

Kelli Leever-Driskel in a 2017 mugshot (Photo: Madison County Sheriff's Department)

ANDERSON, Ind. (WTHR) – An Anderson woman is facing a murder charge for reportedly using drugs just weeks before her son was born.

Prosecutors say Kelli Leever-Driskel, 34, admitted to officers that she knew she was pregnant in November, but continued to use methamphetamine and other drugs. She gave birth at home December 23 of last year, but the baby boy died a short time later.

According to our partners at the Anderson Herald-Bulletin, an autopsy performed December 24 showed the baby died of "a particular medical condition," but that "acute methamphetamine, fentanyl, clonazepam, and diphenhydramine intoxication" were also contributing factors to his death.

Leever-Driskel was arrested on preliminary charges of murder, as well as charges of possession for drugs including methamphetamine, fentanyl, amphetamine and clonazepam. If convicted, she could face 45-65 years in prison on the murder charge, plus up to a year for each of the misdemeanor possession charges.

She is being held at the Madison County Jail on a 72-hour hold while the prosecutor attempts to determine formal charges against her.

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