A judge has ordered a pregnant woman who tested positive for cocaine to stay behind bars in the nation's capital until she gives birth, saying the unborn baby must be protected, it was reported Saturday.

The sentence was denounced by civil libertarians, including womens' rights activists, while others backed the judge's order, deeming it "Solomonic.""She's apparently an addictive personality, and I'll be darned if I'm going to have a baby born that way," D.C. Superior Court Associate Judge Peter Wolf said at the June 24 sentencing of Brenda Vaughan, who was then locked up at the D.C. Jail.

Vaughan was convicted of second-degree theft in connection with a check forgery scheme that involved her own rehabilitation for cocaine addiction.