Police track down, arrest South Valley woman whose newborn died with meth in system

Chelsea Becker
Chelsea Becker Kings County Jail

A South Valley woman has been taken into custody early Wednesday on a murder charge after her newborn baby was found to have died with methamphetamine in his system.

Hanford police had been looking for Chelsea Cheyenne Becker, 25, since Monday on an arrest warrant. She was arrested in Visalia, Hanford police reported.

The arrest took place after authorities received a tip that Becker was in area of the Tachi Palace in Lemoore. Video surveillance confirmed the report.

She was subsequently arrested in the 1000 block of Lark Street in Visalia and booked into the Kings County jail, where she is being held on a bail of $5 million.

Police said Baker’s infant boy was stillborn at a local hospital when delivered Sept. 10.

A coroner’s report said the baby had toxic levels of methamphetamine in his system. Police said an investigation established that Becker has a history of drug abuse and that multiple children have been removed from her custody.

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A native of Colorado, Jim Guy studied political science, Latin American politics and Spanish literature at Fresno State University, and advanced Spanish grammar in Cuernavaca, Mexico.