Police: Mom found passed out in car with heroin; child in backseat

Published: Jan. 23, 2015 at 4:59 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 23, 2015 at 5:29 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 30-year-old mother is behind bars after police say she was found passed out in her car with heroin and a freshly used needle at her side, while her child slept in the back seat.

According to an incident report, North Charleston police responded to the area of 4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd. around 9:55 p.m. after a woman and child were found unresponsive inside a vehicle.

Police say a belt was wrapped around the woman's right thumb in a tourniquet fashion. Next to the woman was a large spoon with an off-white powder on, a needle that appeared to be freshly used, and the woman's driver's license, which also had powder on it, the report states.

The license identified the woman as Amanda Joy Robinson of West Ashley.

After a few minutes of calling out the woman's name and gently shaking her arm, Robinson reportedly woke up but "appeared to be extremely out of it." Police say she was "extremely uneasy on her feet" after being ordered from the car, and was confused as to where she was.

The report states Robinson was detained after becoming disorderly and shouting profanities.

Because it took a long time to wake up the child, he was transported to a hospital where he would later be turned over to his grandparents, according to the incident report. Robinson was also taken to a medical care center before being transferred to the Charleston County Detention Center.

Officers say the powder tested positive for heroin, and a second needle was found inside the vehicle.

Robinson has been charged with possession of heroin and ill treatment of a child.

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