HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email
HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Hudson Police have arrested a woman who they say was intoxicated and passed out at a friend's house Monday evening while her 6-month-old child was left to fend for herself in another room.
Kelli Renee Thacker, 20, is charged with abandonment of child. Investigators say those charges may be changed to child endangerment depending on the outcome of their investigation.
"She endangered her child's life," said Lt. Jimmy Casper, Hudson Police Department.
According to the police report, Thacker was supposed to bring lunch to her husband while he was at work, but never showed up. He left to go look for her, and found her passed out in a back bedroom of the trailer home on Doda Street. Their six month old was left in the living room.
When Hudson P.D. arrived a little after 7 p.m., they found Thacker passed out in the backseat of her own vehicle. They also found a baby that they say suffered during the hours she spent in that trailer home.
"From my understanding she was there at least 2 hours with her being the way she was," said Casper.
Casper says Thacker was extremely intoxicated, and was arrested for endangering a child which will be investigated both by law enforcement and Child Protective Services.
Tony Jasso, who's not involved with this specific case, is a special investigator for the Department of Family & Protective Services who sees numerous child endangerment cases.
"Exposing the child and failing to remove that child from a substantial risk," said Jasso.
Jasso says drinking and caring for a baby don't mix.
"If you are intoxicated you may not remember to feed the child. You may not remember to change the child," said Jasso.
Thacker's baby wasn't just filthy, but had sustained an injury, according to Lt. Casper.
"She had a small laceration, I believe it was on the back of the left-hand side of her head," said Casper.
Jasso says it could've been much worse...
"If that child is left in a bed it could roll over and fall. Have massive head injuries," said Jasso.
Drunk parenting isn't good parenting. So, Casper advises getting a designated care-giver.
"If you want to get drunk - get drunk, but have someone to watch your kids," said Casper.
Thacker remains in jail on a $5,000 bond.