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Georgia woman charged with DUI and child endangerment

Authorities took a 35-year-old mother into custody on the morning of July 29 after a concerned Fulton County resident called about a suspicious vehicle. Police say that they discovered the Roswell woman passed out behind the wheel while breast feeding her 3-year-old child when they arrived at the scene. The woman is facing a number of charges including driving while under the influence and child endangerment.

After rousing the sleeping woman and shutting off her vehicle, police say that they became convinced that she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. However, reports do not indicate if toxicology testing revealed any evidence of impairment. The woman was transported to a detention facility in Roswell after being processed. The child was placed with relatives, and authorities are said to be making efforts to secure a safer environment for the toddler.

The incident does not mark the first time that the woman has been charged with child endangerment. According to media reports, she was taken into custody in 2014 after allegedly leaving her 9-month-old infant in a car while she shopped. Police say that the child endangerment count was added in the latest incident because whatever drugs the woman had consumed may have been passed to her child via her breast milk.

A count of child endangerment may be added to drunk driving charges when police in Georgia discover a minor under the age of 14 in the vehicle of a motorist suspected to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. This kind of charge can have a profound influence on the outcome of child custody or visitation disputes, and criminal defense attorneys may seek to have counts of child endangerment reduced or dismissed during plea agreement negotiations. Prosecutors may be receptive to these arguments if defense attorneys are able to establish a pattern of prior good behavior and demonstrate that their clients are genuinely remorseful.

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