Joetta Adler was a part-time nurse at Logan County Memorial Hospital and worked for them on an as needed basis. On August 2, 2004 she gave a birth to a 4lb., 12oz. baby boy.
"The hospital notified social services about the baby. And the mother tested positive for methamphetamine," says Jim Devashur, of the Logan County Drug Task Force.
Social service notified the Logan county Sheriff's Department.
Devashur says, "Through this, the south central Kentucky drug task force became involved, assisting social services with the home visits. Following the home visits, of course, the child was removed from the mother."
Adler's older son was also removed from her custody. The following day Adler was arrested. Her estranged husband Rodney Adler says he can't believe it.
He says, "She's a professional. This doesn't seem like something she would do. It is completely out of character."
Logan Memorial Hospital tells WBKO Adler had not worked at the hospital in more than six months. She had been employed with Air Evac Lifeteam since 1999, and began her maternity leave on June 4th.
In a statement released to WBKO Air Evac says, "We were surprised to learn of the allegations against Adler. Air Evac Lifeteam does not condone any type of illegal drug use among it's employees. We had no reason to suspect Joetta may have been involved in any type of drug-related activity during the time she was actively employed with us."
Rodney Adler agreed saying, "She has dedicated her life to saving people. I don't know how she could be involved in something like this."
But officers say meth users do not fit a profile and that it is sometimes hard to tell just by looking at a person.
Devashur says, "All I know is methamphetamine is a plague to our society. And it's so addictive that the individual that's addicted to it, has to be taken out of the atmosphere where it's at."
Adler's boyfriend, 35-year-old Timothy Brooks, was also arrested. Brooks was charged with trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
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Source: www.kci.org [Koch Crime Institute]