Monday, April 11, 2005

Mom accused of letting her daughter, 5, smoke pot

A 22-year-old Angleton mother of three was charged Friday with endangering a child, accused of allowing her 5-year-old daughter to smoke marijuana.

Amanda Suzanne Williams, who is free on a $7,500 bond, faces up to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000 if convicted of the felony charge.

"The accusation is that she was negligent in smoking marijuana where the child could get access to it," said Angleton police Detective David Steves. "A witness said the mother handed the joint to the child and allowed her to do it. The mother said that wasn't true. There are conflicting statements, but it is still the same offense."

Williams is accused of smoking pot at her trailer home in the 2100 block of East Mulberry in December and either giving the joint to the child or failing to stop her from grabbing it and taking a puff, Steves said.

Child Protective Services contacted Angleton police in late March after hearing the allegation from someone in the community, Steves said.

The girl and Williams' two other children, ages 1 and 2, are staying with relatives, said Gwen Carter, CPS spokeswoman.

Williams was charged in February with public intoxication. In 2001, she was given two years deferred adjudication stemming from a marijuana possession charge in October 2002.



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