A South Carolina woman is facing child neglect charges after she was found passed out drunk in her car with her 2-year-old daughter in the backseat.
According to WYFF, a Spartanburg County, South Carolina, paramedic responded to a call about a woman passed out in the front seat of a car. When the paramedic arrived, he found a woman, later identified as 39-year-old Lori Lawson, in the driver’s seat.
The responding paramedic said that he repeatedly knocked on the window in an attempt to wake up Lawson. After several unsuccessful attempts, she finally woke up, and the paramedic noticed that she smelled strongly of alcohol and was slurring her speech.
The paramedic then checked on the toddler in the back seat and found that her head was covered in lice.
According to WSPA, a police report states that Lawson was “grossly intoxicated and under the influence of alcohol” at the time.
Both Lawson and her daughter were taken to a nearby hospital for medical evaluation.
The police report states that Lawson’s speech was slurred and that she was having a hard time completing sentences. When she was asked what her daughter’s birth date was, she said it was 2013 before changing her answer to 2014.
Lawson is currently being held in the Spartanburg County Detention Center on charges of unlawful neglect of a child. Her daughter has been placed in emergency protective custody.
Readers shared their thoughts on the incident on the Shared Facebook page.
“If you are to drunk to take care of a child that young. You don’t need them give it to someone who will take good care of her,” one Facebook user wrote. “You can’t treat your child hair but you can get drunk and past out. What did this child do to deserve this nothing. She a child!”
“Many are asking for the mother to be charged, the daughter taken away because she was found drunk & passed out: yet when a heroin addict is found passed out, near death at the wheel & children in the vehicle, its all around sympathy,” another reader commented. “I personally think no child should have to deal with the parents addiction, no matter the drug or drink. if the addiction is out of control take the child from the parent til they get straighteneed out. I have been there, dealt with it & my children are better because of it. our lives were turned upside down but I came out a better person for my kids & they learned that drugs & alcohol isnt worth the devestation it put our family thru.”
“So sad for both of them the mother really needs help and hopefully the child is young enough to go on and have a better life with people who will love her,” another user wrote.