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Woman in speeding car gives birth to Atom Bomb, then gets arrested, NC police say

Jessica Dawn Killian was charged with multiple drug charges.
Jessica Dawn Killian was charged with multiple drug charges. Gaston County Sheriff's Office

A North Carolina woman who gave birth to a boy in a car speeding to the hospital, and named him Atom Bomb, was arrested Tuesday, police said in a Gaston Gazette report.

Atom Bomb was born inside of a compact car on New Year’s Day, while his mother Jessica Dawn Killian sat in the passenger seat, WSOC reported.

Police said Killian ran a drug trafficking operation from the same 2011 Chevrolet Cruze where she gave birth to Atom Bomb, Gaston County’s first baby of 2019, according to the Gaston Gazette.

The 32-year-old Gaston woman was arrested on multiple drug charges, according to the Gaston County Sheriff’s Office.

Jail records show Killian was arrested on similar charges on Dec. 13, less than three weeks before giving birth to Atom Bomb.

In addition to Atom Bomb, Killian has three other children, WSOC reported. That includes a 5-year-old daughter who was in the back seat of the car when she gave birth early New Year’s Day.

There is no word on who has custody of Killian’s four children.

“Atom’s in good hands,” said Theresa Sain, the infant’s grandmother and mother to Killian’s boyfriend Randy “Earl” Sain, per the Gaston Gazette, which reported the baby was “healthy” when he was born.

The Gaston County Sheriff’s Office online database does not show any current arrest records for Earl Sain.

Killian is being held on $75,000 bond after being charged with trafficking in methamphetamine; possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine; and maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance; in addition to a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, according to jail records.

Police said Killian had 36 grams of meth, baggies and scales when she was arrested around 1:15 a.m. at an Econo Lodge, the Gaston Gazette reported.

From her Dec. 13 arrest, records show Killian was charged with possession with the intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine; maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance; manufacturing drugs; in addition to misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to appear.

Killian had been released on a $20,000 unsecured bond from the Dec. 13 arrest.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.


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