Being 'Fat' Made Her Do It: Pregnant Woman Bound for Jail

Samantha Brewer of Cincinnati, Ohio will spend the last few months of her fourth pregnancy behind bars.

The mother of three (soon to be four) is 26 and was recovering from a gastric bypass surgery that left her addicted to painkillers. To pay for her addiction, she burglarized a series of homes and was subsequently arrested and convicted.

She is now headed to prison for four years. Brewer claims she transferred the addiction to food the gastric bypass eliminated to a new addiction to painkillers and asked for mercy. The judge was not swayed.

“She’s nothing other than a common thief,”  Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Melba Marsh said.

And a fertile one at that. Why are the dumb ones always so fertile?


Prison when pregnant can't be much fun. Actually, prison any time can't be much fun, but for Brewer, this might be a vacation.

Think about it: she will be alone, away from her other three children, able to do whatever she wants, maybe kick the habits that got her in prison in the first place.

For the sake of these four children, it would be nice to see her emerge from lock-up a better person, but I'm not holding my breath.

I'm sure she thought playing the pregnant card would get her out of jail time, but a big belly didn't negate the dozen homes she broke into. And it probably shouldn't have.

Being eight months pregnant with her third was uncomfortable and I'm sure she was hormonal and, yes, it makes us all a touch nuts. But most of us don't resort to burglary and painkiller addiction. She did that all on her own.

Here's hoping she learns a thing or two behind bars and that this pregnancy goes smoother than the last one. There will, after all, be less opportunity to commit crimes behind bars.

Do you think the judge should have gone easy on her?


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