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Pregnant Woman Arrested After Injecting Prescription Drugs

SPRING HILL – Prenatal Substance Abuse continues to be a major problem in the United States and the health risks for a developing fetus can be substantial and long-lasting.

According to recent studies, among pregnant women aged 15 to 44, 5.4 percent were current illicit drug users based on data averaged across 2012 and 2013. And 4.8 percent of those studied used drugs into the second trimester.

That’s exactly what one woman admitted to doing when Sheriff’s Deputies arrested her yesterday at the Circle K gas station on Elgin Blvd.

According to reports, Deputies were dispatched to the location around 9:00 p.m. last night, after receiving complaints about suspicious activity.

When deputies arrived, they made contact with 20-year-old Autumn Mae Murdock who was sitting in a vehicle and appeared to be under the influence. With Murdock’s consent, Deputies searched the vehicle and discovered a black bottle top that contained a clear liquid and a small white pill. They also located a hypodermic needle lying next to the bottle top. Deputies continued their search and found additional needles inside Murdock’s purse.

During an interview, Deputies noticed a fresh needle marks on Murdock’s arm. Murdock admitted that she had just injected an unknown prescription pill and that she was also 6-months pregnant.

Murdock was taken into custody and charged with Possession of Paraphernalia. She was transported to the Hernando County jail and held on a $1,000 bond.

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  • Just letting everyone know I knew her personally, and she was found dead in a hotel room not sure if it was overdose but it’s very sad bc she was a good person! She just needed help

    Friday, 16 February 2018, 5:00 pm
  • Dead.

    Thursday, 25 January 2018, 10:36 pm
  • The problem is no one gives a **** about anyone anymore especially if it’s not their kid it’s not their problem. This girl clearly has no one speaking truth and life into her. She probably got pregnant by some man that just wanted to get her high and used her. And yes the baby will die and maybe her if she doesn’t go through detox. Her mind is way to clouded with hard drugs to think clear at any point. Look at the times we are living in. Every time you turn on the phone TV tablet sex and drugs is all our teens have to inspire them. They don’t go to elders or people anymore when they are lost or feeling alone. They go online smh sadly everyone is too busy online anymore to even notice half the time the kids need postive influences they don’t have anymore. She needs longterm rehab.

    Monday, 6 June 2016, 10:30 am
  • Some of These Comments Are Insane , A Baby Isn’t a Baby Til It Is Born ? Bullshit , All Because The Child Is In Belly That Doesn’t Mean That They Don’t Feel Or Hear. Because They Do ! .. heartless People I Swear . This Is Why This World Is So up.

    Saturday, 21 May 2016, 8:52 am
  • no merci you are really a heartless person

    Thursday, 12 May 2016, 5:55 pm
  • Just $100.00 (10% of $1,000.00 Bail) will get you a Prom Date that you’ll never forget! She’s there waiting for you guys. Step up!

    Thursday, 12 May 2016, 4:55 pm
  • Girl should apply for a part for that next “Night Of The Living Dead” movie, She won’t even need makeup.

    Thursday, 12 May 2016, 1:56 pm
  • or, she could inject a hot shot and be done with herself and her wasted life.

    Thursday, 12 May 2016, 8:44 am
  • If she was in pasco jusge webb would of loved her. He would of held this case for 3 month and she would have no chance of getting this baby back his mind would already be made up and set in stone b4 she even reach the court room…

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 11:48 pm
  • If an addict becomes pregnant she CANT just stop using, she would have a high probability of a miscarriage. (I believe someone else mentioned this in a comment as well).. Hopefully she’s been seeing an OB. If he’s aware of her addiction he would help plan the safest way for her to get clean. Obviously they would recommend she stop injecting because of the disease & infection risks. He would recommend either she slowly lessen the amount of what she’s injecting until she was at minimal usage or get on subboxene or methadone. If she stays in jail, they will transport her to the methadone clinic, which is probably what’s best for the baby. (I recently went through this w/family. The baby is perfect & was born w/o any withdrawal symptoms- both are doing amazing!).. By the looks & sound of it she DEFF needs ALOT of help & could get it w/o difficulty or w/o hurting her child. She just has to want it.. In NO way do I agree or support her actions. I just hope she can straighten up & do what’s right for her baby.

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 11:36 pm
    • I’m glad your family member had the baby and all is ok. But this, as I read, is the girls 3rd child and the other 2 were born addicted. If she hasn’t reached out for help by now, there is little chance she will do it now. I don’t know this individual, but it seems to me that she doesn’t have a support team behind her and obviously doesn’t care herself what she is creating. It’s so sad because there are so many like her today.

      Thursday, 12 May 2016, 10:00 am
  • If they’re going to do drugs when they’re pregnant, what on earth makes anyone think they won’t continue to use once they’re not anymore smh… Ridiculous the baby should be taken away until if and when she gets clean

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 11:04 pm
  • She is 20 years old and lost! She doesn’t need to be bash on social media, she needs help! THE BABY NEEDS LOVE! She doesn’t love herself, so until she does please keep the baby in a safe, healthy, happy environment♡ G_d willing I hope she wants to save herself. One day at a time

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 10:14 pm
  • I know it’s harsh, but people like her need to be sterilized

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 7:26 pm
  • Zombies are real !!?!!!!!

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 6:12 pm
  • Take this baby and allow adoption to a family wanting a child. This woman has no business with an infant or any other child. Get over it people.

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 5:02 pm
  • Tom, please clarify. Was she seen and treated at a hospital before they took her to jail to check on her and the baby after she injected the unknown substance…?

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 1:15 pm
      • Thank you, Tom. I hope the county will do their part in helping her seek care for herself and the unborn baby.

        Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 1:28 pm
  • If the baby is born with drugs in it’s system DCF will be contacted and the baby will not be leaving the hospital with it’s mother. It will be put in foster care and adopted out if there is no family to take the baby. Sadly this baby will go through with drawls at birth screaming and shaking violently. With luck if it is place in a good home it will thrive and grow up to be a normal child but it will always have that tendency to become a drug user when it becomes older. 🙁

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 10:30 am
    • This is not true. DCF met this young lady at the hospital with both her previous births. All she had to do was test “clean” on the day of discharge and they handed over the “premature- detoxed” baby. Both spent 6 – 8 weeks in NICU at our expense and both survived months despite the mother’s lack of choices or knowledge. DCF checked on them weekly and noted “failure to thrive”, “poor care” and neglect… but nothing was done till too many complaints was filed by outsiders.
      Sad Sad World.

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 4:06 pm
  • FoodforThought, i too have seen these babies at Bayfront springhill, It is very hard to watch what they go through, because of these addicted girls. They are not MOTHERS.. JD,,,,,, I know exactly what you are talking about, but did you stop to thing you can pick up a drug testing kit in any smoke shop for about 25.00. all the rest of that cost that made it no worth the time was gov’t cost. to say nothing about the fact that the governor’s wife of this fine state owns the labs where this testing would happen. Atleast thats what I have been told, It seem like a conflict of interest to me. I’m sure a little bit of research could prove that out. The tests are not expensive the government BULL */&T is.

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 10:08 am
    • I don’t disagree with you and am aware that masking agents or synthetic urine could have been used. Just noting that it was tried and unsuccessful.

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 11:14 am
  • So sayeth the court of public opinion……..probably all self proclaimed Christians too.

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 5:41 am
    • Actually, ‘Christianity’ or any other form of religion or spirituality aside; we all, including yourself, form opinions and make judgements, on a daily basis.

      It’s when an innocent and helpless life is involved, that people tend to be more vocal and less inclined to rationalize irresponsible, selfish and stupid actions.

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 11:55 am
  • Half the problem would be solved by simply telling all freakin welfare receipients that they 1. Must pass weekly drug screens to get paid and 2, They will NOT get paid for getting pregnant while already on public assistance and if they do, they will have to give up the child until they can provide for him/her themselves. People on public assistance are supposed to be trying to get off it, not sitting around doing drugs and bringing in more children on public assistance.

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 5:21 am
    • Don’t you remember the controversy over welfare and drug testing a few years back? Very unsuccessful and tit was found they spent more money testing people than they saved cutting welfare.

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 8:42 am
  • this makes me sick, a true piece of sh*t on 1k bond. Useless to society and useless to her self and being fed by the welfare system/taxpayers. When will America wake up and put an end to this revolving door attitude we have adopted. The justice system is not broken, it doesn’t exist in hernando county, go set in the court house one day and see how wealth feeds on the system. Children of the elected officials getting off on criminal charges and laughing going out the door. I for one give up……………………………………

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 4:58 am
  • After reading all these comments I only can ask . Tell me why abortion is legal? A unborn baby is an unborn baby. Period,

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 4:10 am
  • She should have been charged with attempted murder. This lady is crazy. I dont understand why none of these cops pick n choose.

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 12:39 am
    • unfortunately the baby isn’t considered a baby until it’s born.

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 3:00 pm
  • I will say that the HCSO has a way of picking and choosing what they want to when it comes to pressing charges against certain people. Remember the pregnant girl who was ‘accidentally’ shot in the head and killed by her ‘high’ boyfriend who was spinning and playing with a gun that went off??? He was never charged for her death and the death of her baby. But he recently was arrested a few mos. ago for a different charge involving a gun. How does that even happen???? Except to say, they will arrest whoever they dang well want to, when they want to. There is NO justice for the innocent her in Hernando Co. Smh….

    Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 12:16 am
    • Madea’s sista!! – That is NOT TRUE! It was NOT her boyfriend, it was her husbands friend who shot her!

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 4:26 pm
  • MY God have mercy on all of us. We have become Godless nation.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 11:10 pm
  • Shameful, just look at what the drugs have done to her and the unfortunate fetus who has no voice.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 10:54 pm
  • She needs to go straight to a detox center, not jail…..yes, I get she choose to inject herself; however, for all of those concerned about the health of the child; withdrawal could kill the baby….

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 10:48 pm
    • I meant, chose…sorry

      Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 10:48 pm
  • Dc the baby probably will be born with serious health issues. Bayfront springhill sees it all the time. Born addicted, breathing problems, vital organs failing almost immediately. Its all too common and sad. Last decade the number of hard drug abusers actively using giving birth has gone dramatically up. They will have their friends, family, or acquaintances bring it in and do it in the unit. You have no idea.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 10:01 pm
  • I hope this young woman gets the help she and especially her unborn child need and deserve

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:59 pm
  • PILL HILL!!! I hate people like her. Some of us are unable to have children that we want so desperately and pieces of shit like her do what she’s doing.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:52 pm
    • “PILL HILL”, I like that, Spring Hill has so many different names, Too bad the names are only for the worst.

      Thursday, 12 May 2016, 1:59 pm
  • Why is her bond so low?!? What about her unborn baby. Once that baby is born they need to take the baby from her right away!!! She is no mother. She is hurting this unborn child. And gets a 1000 thousand dollar bond. Unreal. So sad for this unborn child.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:41 pm
  • When I was a bartender last year we had to go to an alcohol meeting about id’s and blood alcohol level and such and he literally told me I could get sued if I refuse alcohol to a pregnant woman because she’s pregnant. They just passed a law banning smoking cigarettes in the car with children so how is alcohol and drug abuse acceptable and tolerated so much

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:29 pm
  • Unfortunately there is no law against prenatal substance abuse nor prenatal alcohol consumption.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:21 pm
  • What a POS!! Especially that smirk on her face in her mug she could care less which is obvious considering what she did. DISGUSTING!!

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:18 pm
  • I hope you rot in HELL, methface.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:18 pm
  • Babies are not taken just because a mother used during pregnancy, although dcf does become involved. Depending on the situation they may choose to obtain a court order to remove the child or leave the baby with the mother, which is what happens most of the time, as long as the mother proves she is prepared for baby and will comply with them (drug counseling, parenting classes, drug testing, and frequent visits). While her actions are deplorable, it is a sad and tough situation. There is not alot of help for women who become pregnant that are already addicted to drugs. Going through withdrawals runs a high risk of miscarriage and most are afraid to ask for help. After seeing it in the NICU at SHR I wish there was something being done to help these women and these innocent babies.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:05 pm
    • The problem is — the addict must want help and it is up to them to stay clean. Meanwhile, the innocent children suffer for the addicts choices. They should not be allowed to have custody of any children till they prove to be clean for at least 1 year. We as a society should protect the innocent!!!

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 2:43 pm
  • So many folks cannot have babies, that want one so badly. Then, there’s pieces of s$!# here that just don’t care! Take the kid once it’s born and place it with a loving family, and, neuter this asshat and lock her up and throw away the key!!!

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:59 pm
  • baby will not likely make it, do you think other wise

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:57 pm
    • She has already delivered two babies that are alive and finally doing well since the state finally granted the grandmother custody.

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 2:40 pm
      • sure! put another burden on the poor Gmother, who already did her job raising her own kids (including this POS). thats the trouble here – too many grandparents raising the g’children, unable to live out their golden years in peace and happiness they worked so hard for!

        Thursday, 12 May 2016, 8:36 am
      • If you’re speaking facts, they validate that this person, this pregnant junkie, is completely unfit to ever, be a mother. She is in fact, little more than an incubator. Having babies she can not and does not care to raise, support or nurture. A stray alley cat has more maternal instinct, than this creature.

        Why doesn’t somebody educate her on birth control? She’s obviously a selfish, thoughtless creature. Perhaps in some rare and random moment when she’s not stoned, she should consider permanent sterilization. Seriously. She doesn’t care about anyone other than herself. She’s irresponsible and concerned only about getting high. Having her tubes tied would lift that burden from her little junkie shoulders and free her up to abuse her body and life all the time, without it negatively impacting others; especially innocent babies.

        It’s terrible that innocent children have to deal with the consequences of selfish, worthless junkies. Other than some curtailment of her access to drugs and getting high, I bet she’s never given a moments thought about what her choices are doing to her babies. That’s if she has ever considered them. Has she always gotten pre-natal care? Has she ever realized that what she is doing is serial, chronic, child abuse and neglect?

        Likely not. I’d guess her only thoughts are to getting her next fix and sticking a needle in her arm. Which then opens up this little matter: How does she support her drug habit? If her grandmother is raising her prior two children as you claim, this wretched excuse for a human, shouldn’t be getting welfare benefits. Does she have even a minimal level of education? Does she actually work for a living?

        In the end none of this matters to her. Soon as she spawns, she’ll be back to her life of getting high. The only ones who suffer are the babies she abuses. And all along, the taxpayers will foot the bill, be it for medical care of the babies, their support and her stints in detox / rehab / jail and or prison. And what does she in turn, give back to the society that has to underwrite her bad choices?


        And she’s 20. Potentially decades more of spawning, getting high, abusing babies with the drugs she shoots up, and racking up those frequent stoner miles, in jails and or prisons. What a life path she’s chosen. And it has all been her choice.

        Or she could choose to clean up, accept responsibility for her bad choices, make right the harm she’s done, stay sober, get a job, get an education and actually make something of her life. Of course that would require hard effort on her part. But it too, is a choice, a life path.

        So far she’s chosen the gutter, but she could choose to get out of the gutter and actually do something worthwhile and make something of herself.

        Thursday, 12 May 2016, 12:09 pm
  • N. Lee very well said and my exact thoughts also… They have no self worth and it’s aso sad that they get pregnant. If these children are born , what a horrible life they have.. Let’s just look around town .. Makes me want to cry for them ..

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:55 pm
  • This makes me sick! For someone like me that has tried to conceive for the past 7 years to read something like this absolutely enrages me!! Give the baby up for adoption of she’s that careless now it won’t get any better later!!!

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:54 pm
  • Not sure what that mess is on her face but I am willing to bet it is MRSA. My suggestion she be tested and the baby as well. What is wring with this girl?

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:44 pm
  • $1000 bail, I got that for a weed pipes, this bitch gets it for trying to kill her baby. WTF

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:40 pm
  • I hope that more charges are pending !! Endangering the life of her unborn child, child abuse or attempted murder would be a good one also !! How could these woman, in this condition, not think this is harming their baby!! She should be in jail until she gives birth and then take that baby away from her !!

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:36 pm
  • They should put her in a residential treatment facility while she’s pregnant. Once the baby is born, it should be put on temporary placement and the mother given a choice – successfully complete treatment and stay clean for x length of time, parenting classes, etc., and get the baby back or if she fails or refuses treatment, that baby should be taken away and adopted out. Give her a chance, and the ability, to straighten up but don’t put that baby in any further danger if she refusing or doesn’t do right. It’s sickening how the unborn are mistreated.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:17 pm
  • Disgusting useless trash and then reproducing on top of it , not to mention putting us all in danger driving around like that put Trash where it belongs

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:15 pm
  • I dont think she should be charged with a felony she has a addiction she needs help I do think she should not be aloud to take that baby home and she should have to do drug treatment and be clean at least a year before the courts can even consider giving her visitation to the baby sad thing is too many young people on drugs it a sad world

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 8:15 pm
    • Why shouldn’t she be charged with a felony? Does being pregnant shield her from the consequences of selfish, stupid, illegal choices and actions?

      Does the basic right of an unborn child matter for nothing?

      Yes, this stupid, selfish junkie should face felony charges. Between now when the baby is born, she should be kept incarcerated, monitored so the baby’s health and well being is maintained and soon as the baby is born, she should be immediately relieved of any and all parental rights and or contact Forever. .

      She is not a child. If she chose to get pregnant (and birth control of many forms is widely and easily available— If she can afford drugs, she can afford birth control) and chose to keep using drugs, it speaks to her not being fit to be a mother. Period.

      Everyone in this world is ‘dealing with something’, few in this life have an easy road to travel. However most, with burdens, sadness, pain, troubles and issues, do not opt to ply the ultimate ‘pity me’ card and become a junkie / addict / drunk. And any person with substance issues has the same choices to get honest with themselves, stop blaming the world for their problems and get help. It is out there.

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 11:50 am
    • I agree with you. She needs help. I don’t know if and when she will be ready to be clean but she does need treatment and help.
      The baby needs to be protected at all costs.

      Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 2:45 pm
  • If that baby is not taken from her the second that it’s born, then I will have lost ALL faith in the justice system and the whole human race…

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 7:58 pm
  • There’s no charge for being pregnant and doing that ****??

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 7:54 pm
  • She choose to shoot up and put an innocent, unborn baby, at risk. Why isn’t that at least a felony charge? If not attempted murder, then assault with the intent to cause serious harm?

    If a junkie wants to destroy their own sorry self — Let them. But once they put anyone else in danger, including their unborn child, they need to do hard time and lose all parental rights to the baby.

    Personally, someone like that may not even know who the baby’s father is and she’s already shown she has absolutely no parental instinct, is selfish, irresponsible and not worthy of being a mother.

    Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 7:48 pm
    • According to Hillary and all of the rest of the left lunatics,
      It’s not a baby until it’s born.

      So, Thanks to Clinton and Obama, and their Brain Dead followers,
      “Nothing to see here”

      Give her a phone, and Medical Marijuana, all is well.

      Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 9:18 pm
      • I was just gonna say the same thing until I read your comment, yep it’s not a baby until it’s born.

        Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 2:46 pm
      • Yup, Clinton and Obama really hate those babies, don’t they? I suppose you would prefer to give the mother a gun and a bible and assume all is well. By the way, what does giving her a phone have to do with anything?

        Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 3:51 pm
    • I couldn’t agree more! She needs to have felony charges against her!

      Tuesday, 10 May 2016, 10:40 pm

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