An Oklahoma meth-using mother underwent sterilization after a judge said he would consider it at her sentencing if she chose to undergo the procedure.
Summer Thyme Creel, 34, a mother with seven children, was charged after authorities busted a counterfeit check ring.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot made the suggestion in June 2017, reported NewsOK.
He noted in the order that Creel had given up the parental rights to six of her seven children.
He also stated that the evidence indicated she had been using drugs while pregnant with some of them.
“Comparing the dates of Ms. Creel’s periods of habitual use of crack cocaine and methamphetamine … with the dates of birth of her seven children, it appears highly likely that some of Ms. Creel’s children were conceived, carried, and born while Ms. Creel was a habitual user of these illicit substances,” the judge wrote.
“I spoke with her in detail about it and she voluntarily wanted to do it,” her court-appointed defense attorney, Brett Behenna, told NewsOK.
Creel’s criminal record includes theft, obstructing an officer, and counterfeit check crimes.
She pleaded guilty last January to making and cashing a counterfeit check.
Officials said she was part of a bigger ring that stole bank information from mailboxes and utilizes the information to write out fraudulent checks.
Less than two months after pleading guilty, Creel wrote two more counterfeit checks, reported The Washington Post.
“At Hobby Lobby, she used counterfeit checks to purchase Wearable Art and Home Decor. These purchases demonstrate that Creel was engaged in run-of-the-mill thievery, rather than an attempt to obtain basic necessities,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica L. Perry wrote in her sentencing memorandum.
Perry said that the sterilization should not have an impact on Creel’s sentence.
Federal sentencing guidelines recommend a sentence of six to 12 months for the original crime but given her additional arrests and failed drug test, prosecutors said that the term may end up as long as 16 months.
The sentencing was scheduled to take place on Feb. 8.