A Berea woman is facing a first-degree wanton endangerment charge after police say she left her children in a car for 30 minutes while she was inside a store.
On Sunday, Berea Police were dispatched to the Dollar General on Richmond Road to investigate the report of three small children, ages 4, 2 and 1, left in a vehicle.
When officers arrived, they found the vehicle and the driver as she returned to her car, the police report stated. Stevi Clontz, 24, told police that she had left her children in the car with the motor running, it added.
Clontz told police she asked a man in the parking lot “she didn’t know very well” to watch the children, but witnesses told police they never saw anyone around the car, according to the report.
Clontz was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment and taken to the Madison County Detention Center where she remained Tuesday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.
Driver arrested on drug charges;
passenger charged with trafficking
A woman suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run collision in Richmond was arrested Thursday on drug charges in Berea after the officer who stopped her vehicle noticed a white powdery substance around her right nostril.
The vehicle driven by Deborah Jackson, 23, of Berea was stopped on Jefferson Street, according to a Berea Police news release. Jackson told the officer she had snorted a pill, it added.
Police then obtained consent to search the vehicle and found three and a half hydrocodone pills in Jackson’s purse and three alprazolam tables in her private area, the release stated.
Officers said they learned the vehicle passenger, Deshawn Abbott, 27, of Richmond, had given the alprazolam pills to Jackson as they were being pulled over and told her over to hide them in her person.
Police also found $1,271 in cash in Abbott’s pants pocket, the news release stated.
Abbott was charged with third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, and both women were charged with tampering with physical evidence. Jackson was additionally charged with first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance and controlled substance not in proper container.
Both were taken to the Madison County Detention Center, where Abbott remained Tuesday afternoon and from which Jackson was released Friday, according to the jail’s online records.