By SHAWN McGRATH
An Anderson woman has been charged with neglect for allegedly smoking marijuana with a juvenile in her two children’s presence.
Prosecutors charged Angela M. Cooper, 29, with two counts of neglect of a dependent, both Class D felonies, alleging she was unable to care for her two children because she was intoxicated on a mix of marijuana, pills and alcohol.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the charges:
Police were called to Cooper’s home in the 1600 block of West Ninth Street at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday, after a neighbor reported hearing a woman yelling for someone to stop pointing a gun at her and her children.
Cooper came out of her home when police arrived, but police had a difficult time understanding her because her words slurred when she spoke.
When officers went inside the home, there was a strong smell of animal urine and feces throughout the residence, and officers found feces in the kitchen and garage.
Cooper’s 11-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter told police their mother would smoke marijuana with a 14-year-old neighbor boy and an adult male in her bedroom. When they smoked the drug, the children said, their mother made them go to the living room. They said their mother often smoked marijuana in the home.
Officers found marijuana in several rooms inside the home, as well as prescription pills lying out. Cooper admitted to having smoked marijuana, taken pills and drank alcohol earlier in the day
“When asked how she was going to be able to care for her children she said, ‘I don’t know, I just will,” the affidavit reads.
It wasn’t included in the affidavit who took custody of the children after Cooper was arrested.
Cooper was released from the Madison County Jail Monday morning after posting 10 percent of her $5,000 bond. It wasn’t immediately clear when she’ll be arraigned on the charges. A Class D felony is punishable by six months to three years in prison.
By SHAWN McGRATH