March 22, 2011

Tabetha Saunders - Jailed After Passing Out In Car While Baby Ran Unattended In Parking Lot

Conway, South Carolina (The Weekly Vice) - Tabetha Saunders, a 29-year-old South Carolina woman was jailed Saturday after she allegedly curled up in the back seat of a car and went for a dope-enhanced snooze while a 1-year-old child ran unattended in a parking lot.

According to Horry County Police, officers were dispatched after two witnesses found a 1-year-old child running around in a parking lot without any apparent adult supervision.

Officers arrived and met with the two witnesses, who had taken the child into their custody for safe-keeping.

As police cruisers rolled onto the scene, Saunders emerged from the backseat of a car, visibly under the influence of an unknown drug.

Saunders, who's eyes were were glossy enough to make a Zamboni jealous, told the officers she had taken methadone. An on-site sobriety test reportedly confirmed that she was intoxicated.

Saunders told police that the child belonged to her niece and that she had been unable to locate her niece for over a year.

She was arrested and booked into jail on charges of disorderly conduct and cruelty to children. Her bond has currently been set at $1,250.

According to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website, Saunders had just been released Friday morning following an arrest for public intoxication. The child involved has been placed into protective custody.

Off the record - I did stumble across one commenter who stated that Saunders was caring for her niece's child because the niece was hooked on heroin. Saunders also apparently danced in a club to support her habit until drugs took their tole on her looks. She's only 29, after all.

Of course, this is just an anonymous commenter, but I've run across a few comments now that seem to go in the same direction. A child being passed off from one drug user to the next, because they're all apparently hooked on something.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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