Police have charged a local mother with multiple counts of child depravation after she was determined to be caring for three young children while drunk and high on marijuana.
Tuesday evening about 6:53 p.m., officers with the LaGrange Police Department responded to Chatham Street in reference to a 911 call about two missing young children.
While en route, police were advised that the mother, Ashley Deloach, had called saying that she had gone to her children’s bedroom to wake them up for school, but her five and seven-year-old were not in the residence.
Officers quickly responded to the residence and attempted to make contact with the mother, but after she answered the door, she quickly closed it back upon seeing police.
Police then knocked on the door again, but Deloach refused to answer the door. Troup 911 then attempted to call Deloach back using the phone number that she had just used to report the children missing, but the calls went to voice mail.
After several minutes of knocking on the door, Deloach eventually returned and exited the residence.
Police say Deloach had a strong odor of both alcohol and recently burnt marijuana. The female was reportedly very unsteady on her feet and she had to hold onto a porch railing to support herself. Her speech was also slurred and she did not appear to understand why police were at her residence.
Upon being reminded that officers were there because she reported two of her children were missing, Deloach stated that her children were in the residence and claimed she did not call 911.
Police then pointed out to Deloach that 911 records all phone calls and she did in fact call 911 and told operators that she could not find her 5 and 7 year old children.
Deloach was obviously very confused, so officers asked her what time it was and she responded, ‘around 6:30.’ When asked if it was A.M. or P.M., she had to think about it for a moment, but correctly responded P.M.
Deloach was then questioned as to why she had tried to wake her children up to go to school at 6:30 p.m. and she could not provide a reason.
Deloach later admitted that she smokes marijuana often and smoked some around 5 p.m. She also stated that she had been drinking alcohol.
Police asked her where her kids were at while she was smoking marijuana and she said they were outside and the 7-year-old was watching the younger child.
Officers then checked on the children and found three young boys, ages 3, 5, and 7 watching television. Officers asked the older boy what they had been doing since they got out of school and he stated the door was locked when they got home, so they played in the neighborhood.
The child told police that he does not have a key, so they just waited for their mother to let them in the home.
Police say the living room had liquid and food spilled on the floor and the kitchen had old food on the floor that the 3-year-old repeatedly tried to pick up and eat. There were several large kitchen knives on the counter within his reach.
While officers were speaking to Deloach, the 3-yearold repeatedly tried to climb the stairs to the second floor, but his mother did not seem concerned about the possibility of the child falling down the stairs. When officers brought it to her attention, she still showed no concern.
Police say it was obvious that Deloach was highly intoxicated on alcohol and marijuana, and she did not appear to comprehend the dangers of allowing her children to supervise themselves.
Officers advised Deloach that she was being arrested for Child Deprivation, and had to explain the charges in detail several times, but she did not appear to comprehend the gravity of the situation.
The children were then turned over to an adult friend at Deloach’s request.
As a result, Deloach, age 27, was arrested and transported to the Troup County Sheriff’s Office where she was booked into the jail charged with three counts of Depravation of a Child.