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NEW: Family defends mom accused of doing drugs while pregnant, killing newborn

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The family and husband of a woman who is accused of doing drugs while pregnant, causing her baby to die, has come to her defense.

James Louk said his world was ripped a part when his ten-day old daughter, Olivia, died at the hospital.

"I got to see my daughter and we both got to hold her," he said.

Things got worse when his wife, Stephanie Louk, was arrested at their Crupperneck Road home, charged with child neglect resulting in death.

Deputies said baby Olivia died from medical complications after she was born with methamphetamine, morphine, and benzodiazepam in her system.

Stephanie's family said they don't believe she'd ever do drugs while pregnant.

"I've never known my sister to do it before," said her brother, Robert White.

Baby Olivia died on June 23.

Despite the allegations, James says he stands by his wife. He said they lost another baby to SIDS last year. He said Stephanie has wanted to be a mom her entire life.

"All she wanted was a family. That's all we both wanted. We tried so hard to make a family and have a normal life."

Louk is in the Central Regional Jail with bail set at $250,000.

She will appear in court later this week for a preliminary hearing.


A Nicholas County woman is charged with child neglect causing death after her baby died from complications due to the drugs in her system.

Deputies tell 13 News Stephanie Louk went into cardiac arrest on June 12 after taking methamphetamine.  Louk was 9-months pregnant at the time.

She was rushed to Charleston Area Medical Center and underwent an emergency c-section.

Doctors performed blood tests on Stephanie and her baby girl, Olivia Louk.  The newborn tested positive for methamphetamine, morphine, and benzodiazepam, according to deputies.

Olivia suffered medical complications from the drugs in her system. She died on June 23, just ten days after she was born.

Louk is being held in the Central Regional Jail with bail set at $250,000.  She will have her preliminary hearing later this week.