Pregnant mom caught taking drugs while her toddler sat in hot car

2:57 PM, Aug 30, 2013   |    comments
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(WBIR-Athens) A McMinn County mother is facing numerous charges, after an officer caught her inhaling drugs while her little girl was strapped into a hot car.

According to court documents, a bank employee called 911 on Wednesday to report a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot.  The responding officer found Christy Walton in the drivers seat "leaning forward inhaling vapors from a piece of tin foil."

He said she was burning oxycodone in the foil, then inhaling the vapors.

The officer said Walton's 21-month-old daughter was in her car seat in the back of the car, crying hysterically, with hair and clothes wet from sweat.  He said the car was off, with only the driver's window open.  His report says that, according to the National Weather Service, the heat index at that time was at least 91 degrees.  He also observed that the child did not have access to food or water, and had a soiled diaper.

Walton was taken to jail, then informed officers that she was 16 weeks pregnant and thought she was in labor, so she was transported to the hospital for treatment. 

Walton was charged with child neglect, reckless endangerment (fetus as victim), DUI, and drug possession.


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