A drug addicted woman in Florida gave birth prematurely in a motel bathtub while on a crack binge. Chrystal Hassel was either seven or eight months pregnant when she suddenly went into labor at the Vacation Host Inn located in Ocala, Florida. The woman then cut the umbilical cord with her teeth.
This 37-year-old mother of three was arrested and put on suicide watch at the Marion County Jail. Her baby and his 11-month-old brother have both been taken into custody by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). The father of Hassel’s two youngest children, Vincent Terry, was also taken to Marion County Jail due to a warrant out of El Pasco County, Colorado. Terry’s was wanted for attempted murder, domestic violence and a violation of probation on possession of a Schedule II controlled substance. At this time he has already been released to Colorado to face the pending charges.
Hours after Hassel’s arrest she told law enforcement that she had been using drugs since her teenage years. Both her 16-year-old daughter and 11-month-old son were born addicted to drugs due to her excessive usage during both pregnancies.
This mother of three said she had no idea she was pregnant this last time until she felt movement in her stomach. After going to Munroe Regional Medical Center for a checkup she was informed that she was either six or seven months pregnant. Although she had been smoking crack regularly she vowed that she would stop once she learned of her pregnancy but the temptation was too great.
Hassel said she went on a binge the day before her baby was born and ended up delivering him in the bathtub at the sleazy motel on South Pine Avenue. The drug addicted mother used her teeth to sever the umbilical cord but rushed to call 911 once she noticed the baby was turning blue.
The baby’s 43-year-old father said that he had no knowledge that his girlfriend had been smoking crack for 24-hours before the baby was born. She told him that she wanted to lie down because she was tired. Terry acknowledged his girlfriend had a history of drug abuse but said he did not know she was currently smoking crack. He added, she just found out she was pregnant in March.
Terry said his family has provided names to the court of immediate family members who are willing to take the children. DCF will do background checks to see if any of the family members qualify to take care of their two children. He is hoping for visitation allowance but knows it will depend on the outcome of their cases along with any programs they are required to complete.
Hassel and Terry know they are facing several problems such as finding a permanent residence but they believe they can overcome any obstacle that arises and are looking forward to spending their lives together. Terry said his girlfriend has a drug problem but is not a bad person; together they plan to fight it.
Chrystal Hassel has given birth to a premature baby while binging on crack cocaine. The drug addicted woman was either seven or eight months pregnant when she suddenly went into labor. She delivered her son at the Vacation Host Inn and used her teeth to cut the umbilical cord. The baby is currently in critical condition on a ventilator at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)