A Chickamauga, Ga., woman was charged after she dropped off her 2-year-old daughter in a ditch in Ringgold, Ga., near a children’s park Tuesday evening.
When 31-year-old Jennifer Haines was later questioned she told police she was addicted to prescription drugs and could no longer take care of her daughter, a police report shows.
Haines told police she left the child near the playground hoping a “nice family would find her and care for her,” the report states.
Haines was arrested and charged with reckless conduct causing harm or endangerment, contributing to child deprivation, cruelty to children 2nd degree and possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce.
Several drivers called Ringgold police when they spotted the toddler walking down LaFayette Street in only shorts and a diaper around 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the report states. It was raining and the temperature was in the upper 50s at the time.
When the toddler tripped and fell in the mud and began to cry several cars stopped and someone wrapped the child in a blanket waiting for police to arrive, the report states.
Police found Haines at a nearby house, where she said she went to watch and see if someone would pick up her daughter, the report states.
The child was placed in a foster care and Haines was taken to Catoosa County Jail.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...