Woman Arrested For Allegedly Dragging Child While High On Drugs

Police observed the woman almost drop her child. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

A West Virginia mother is under arrest for allegedly dragging her child while under the influence of heroin, according to Charleston’s WCHS.

30-year-old Erica Bailey of Dunbar, West Virginia is charged with child neglect creating the risk of injury after she allegedly dragged her child while under the influence of drugs, according to a criminal complaint filed in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.

Witnesses called 911 Friday morning to report a woman dragging a screaming child near the river bank behind a shopping mall in South Charleston. When police arrived, they allegedly observed Bailey swaying back and forth, in an unsteady manner. In her arms was the child, whom police say she almost dropped at one point, according to Huntington’s WSAZ.

While questioning Bailey, police allegedly noticed needle marks on her arms, consistent with the intravenous use of narcotics, including heroin. In her purse they found needles, a burnt spoon, and straws – which are used to snort drugs. Bailey was arrested and taken to South Central Regional Jail where she is being held on $5,000 bail. Her child, who was unharmed, is now in the custody of her grandparents.


[Photo: South Charleston Police Department]

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