Family members of a 13-month-old baby have been jailed on drug charges after a concerned citizen called Webster Parish authorities to report the pair "stumbling around" the parking lot of a local truck stop.
Sheriff Gary Sexton said Timothy S. Ashton, 47, was charged with driving while intoxicated – sixth offense, illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance and cruelty to a juvenile.
His daughter, Holly Ashton, 24, was charged with illegal use of CDS and cruelty to a juvenile.
"The citizen reported that two adults were stumbling out of a local diner – carrying a baby – and were getting into a car," said the sheriff.
Sexton said when deputies Kyle Greer and Tony Matteson arrived, they found the driver (Timothy Ashton) still in the vehicle, which was parked but with the ignition on. He was reportedly drooling and slurring his words.
"Deputy Greer exited the passenger (Holly Ashton) who needed support to walk," Sexton said. "She was also slurring her words."
Field sobriety tests were performed; however, the sheriff said neither subject was able to follow instructions.
"The deputies searched the vehicle and discovered Butabarbitol – a prescription barbiturate sleep aid – in the baby's diaper bag and pills scattered among the food and eating utensils," Sexton said.
The baby is reportedly with Child Protective Services.