July 1, 2016

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Judge puts pregnant drug addict in jail

MEDINA — A judge ordered a 19-year-old pregnant drug addict to spend six months in jail to make sure the woman doesn’t use drugs while carrying the child.

Shelby L. Metek was on three years’ probation for a Nov. 20 conviction of receiving a stolen credit card, a fifth-degree felony punishable by up to a year in prison.

Shelby Metek

Metek admitted in court Monday she violated her probation by using heroin and Xanax. She said she took the drugs after discovering that her ex-boyfriend and co-defendant, Christopher Bates, had gotten another woman pregnant.

Bates, 28, of Cleveland, has appeared three times in Medina County courts since 2009 on charges of domestic violence and heroin trafficking.
Metek was barred from seeing Bates as a condition of her probation.

Medina County Common Pleas Judge Christopher J. Collier asked Metek about her relationship with Bates.

“What were you expecting?” he asked.

“That he would be faithful,” Metek said.

“Why in the world would you expect that from a drug dealer?” Collier asked.

“Because I’m stupid,” she said.

“I really don’t think that’s the case,” the judge said.

Collier said he was sending Metek to jail to help her and protect her unborn child. He told her to look into treatment programs while she’s behind bars.

Metek’s attorney, Ron Falconi, said Metek is due to give birth in about four months.

Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.


  1. Wow, I can’t believe that this is being brought up over and over! Well it has been almost a year to the day and I can report that Shelby is doing great!! The baby is 7 months old and is healthy, happy, and loved beyond words!! Shelby is raising her son because no one could love or take better care of him than she is!! She is a wonderful, loving mother to him. Her life is not over!! She is a success in that she is here today, alive and drug free!! This will be a battle for the rest of her life, but she is one strong, stubborn young woman that WILL succeed in everything she does!!

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