Mom Allegedly Leaves Infant In Running Car To Do Shots In Club, Goes On Racist Tirade Before Smiling In Mugshot

Samantha Grace Vaughan allegedly reacted with racism and violence after investigators approached her in a nightclub and asked her about her son, whom she had left in her car outside.

By Gina Tron

A Texas mom flashed a toothy smile during her mugshot after she allegedly left her infant in the backseat of a running car while she did shots at a bar.

Samantha Grace Vaughan, 26, of Copperas Cove, was allegedly throwing back a few shots of liquor at Trackside Nightclub while her infant son slept in the backseat of her unlocked car, local outlet KWTX reports.

A witness spotted the child and called police, who arrived at the scene and found the infant safe and unharmed. Law enforcement then entered the nightclub and located Vaughan. Police allegedly noticed “a strong odor commonly associated with the consumption of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her person,” an affidavit obtained by KWTX states.

Speaking with police, Vaughan claimed she had only gone to the club to pick up her husband. Vaughan reportedly admitted she had been drinking and that “she had two shots,” according to that affidavit.

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She then allegedly yelled, “You will not take my child and place her with a f-----g n-----,” the affidavit said, indicating that she made a racial slur. The mother reportedly made more outbursts and resisted arrest, continuing "to thrash her body around… yell and throw herself about.”

While in the patrol car, Vaughan allegedly “smashed her forehead into the steel bar," causing minor injuries to herself, USA Today reports.

Vaughan, however, appeared to be all smiles during her mugshot, even with her forehead injury clearly visible in the photograph.

Her blood alcohol concentration later showed to be 0.148, nearly twice the legal limit, according to the report. 

Vaughan is facing a charge of abandoning or endangering a child with intent to return, resisting arrest and making a terroristic threat against a public servant, reports USA Today. At this time, it is unclear if Vaughan has a lawyer who can speak on her behalf.

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