According to this Dakota County Criminal Complaint, a 44+ year old woman was pulled over for DWI with her 4 month old in the backseat at 1:30 PM. With multiple convictions in the past for DWI, one has to wonder whether more should be done to protect this child from the mother.
From the complaint:
On November 21, 2012, at approximately 1:27 p.m., an officer in the City of Burnsville, Dakota County, Minnesota, was dispatched that a reporting party observed a female who appeared intoxicated get into a white Chevrolet pickup truck with Minnesota license plate number XRN950. The reporting party stated that the female had an infant with her and was staggering and walking into cars.
The officer located a vehicle matching the description of the reporting party with Minnesota license plate XRM950, driving in the location of the original report. The officer observed that a female was driving the vehicle. The officer followed the vehicle and observed it weave within her lane and hit a curb. The officer activated her squad lights and the suspect vehicle continued to speedy up. The vehicle continued traveling for approximately two blocks and eventually stopped for a red light. When the light turned green, the vehicle continued driving and eventually stopped north of that intersection. When the vehicle pulled over the driver drove onto the curb and parked.
The officer identified the driver as Christina Maria Thorne, date of birth: 7-30-1968. The officer could smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Thorne’s person and observed that her eyes were watery. The officer asked Thorne how much she had to drink. Thorne stated not much, and then stated that she had been trying and only had a couple of drinks that day. Thorn admitted that her four month old son was in a car seat in the back of the vehicle.
While nothing is mentioned about the future welfare of the child, with four DWI convictions over the last 15 years, two of which were over .20, one has to wonder whether she should ever be permitted to be with the child. This isn’t only about driving, this woman is likely intoxicated all the time around the child being that she’s very likely an alcoholic and hopefully she has opted for formula instead of breastfeeding.
What do you think about this one? Should the child endangerment charge coupled with the .22 DUI charge dissolve her rights as a parent especially knowing she was carting around an infant while nearly falling over drunk? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.