LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 38-year-old woman Monday after she allegedly drank part of a beer and all of a bottle of mouthwash and left a 4-month-old baby in a running car that was parked in the middle of Cimarron Street.
Lakesha Lashay Tatum, of Diboll, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony endangering a child charge and a Class C misdemeanor public intoxication charge. No bail amount has been set for the felony charge as of 2:30 p.m., and the bail amount for Tatum's public intoxication charge was set at $500.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Lufkin PD officer was dispatched out to the 1700 block of Cimarron Street at about 6:13 p.m. Monday to do a welfare check. Dispatch told the officer that a woman was sitting next to a black car in the street.
When the LPD officer arrived on the scene, he found the woman, who was later identified as Tatum, sitting on the ground next to a running vehicle parked in the middle of the street. She was sitting in water that was gathering because of the rainy weather, the affidavit stated.
Tatum wouldn't respond when the officer tried to talk to her, and he noticed that her eyes were very red and glassy, the affidavit stated. The Lufkin PD officer also noticed that she was moving very slowly.
Tatum allegedly kept staring straight ahead.
At that point, the Lufkin PD officer asked dispatch to send an ambulance just in case there was some kind of medical issue with the woman.
The Lufkin PD found a 4-month-old baby boy sitting in an unsecured child safety seat in the rear of the vehicle, and he started looking for clues that would help officers identify the woman. The Lufkin PD officer noticed an open Bud Ice beer can in the front cup holder, the affidavit stated.
The officers also found groceries that appeared to have just been bought from H-E-B. The groceries included three more still-cold Bud Ice cans, meats, and milk. Among the groceries, the LPD officers also found an empty 24-ounce bottle of Lander Xplosion mouthwash, the affidavit stated.
After an ambulance arrived on the scene, one of the officers found discharge papers from a Lufkin hospital in the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that Tatum wasn't given any medication that would have caused her to act the way she did, the affidavit stated.
When one of the Lufkin PD officers heard the baby crying, the officer tried to comfort the child, the affidavit stated. The officer searched the vehicle and a diaper bag, and they finally found a pacifier that helped the baby boy calm down.
One of the Lufkin PD officers turned off the vehicle's heat, and the baby boy eventually went back to sleep.
The child's father drove from Diboll to take custody of the child, the affidavit stated.
Later, the first Lufkin PD officer at the scene went to the hospital to talk to Tatum. At first, Tatum told him she was only having car trouble and trying to call someone to help them, the affidavit stated. Later, Tatum allegedly admitted to drinking the entire bottle of mouthwash.
After Tatum was given medical clearance by the hospital's staff, she was taken to the county jail.