LIVINGSTON, TX (KTRE) - A 39-year-old woman who was arrested after she and her husband left their 9-year-old son at the Livingston Walmart, and LPD officers found partially smoked synthetic marijuana cigarette in their car's ash tray back in May accepted a plea bargain deal of four years of probation.
East Texas News learned Thursday that Debbie Aline Nelson, of Livingston, accepted the plea bargain deal on Aug. 15, when she pleaded guilty to state-jail felony abandoning or endangering a child by criminal negligence. Polk County District Attorney Lee Hon said that she was sentence to two years in a state-jail prison, and it was suspended for four years. She will also have to pay a $1,000 fine.
Hon said that Nelson entered a written stipulation in open court admitting to the allegations made in her indictments and waived her right to appeal the sentences.
When Debbie Nelson and Kenneth Nelson, her husband were arrested on May 21, they were both charged with a felony endangering a child charge and a Class B misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance charge.
Lt. Matt Parish with the Livingston Police Department said that when the couple showed up to pick up the boy, they appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug.
Parish said that the parents gave Livingston PD officers conflicting stories, but the boy told police that his mom went into Walmart to get a Moneygram. The boy said his dad was in the car with him, and when he asked if he could go to the restroom, his dad said yes, and the boy went inside.
Parish said the boy's mother came back out, got in the car, and they drove off. The boy told police that he came out and saw them driving away from the store.
At that point, the boy started chasing them, Parish said.
Shoppers saw the boy on a median in the parking lot, Parish said and called police. After Livingston police arrived on the scene and talked to the little boy, they tried to call his parents. When they didn't have any luck contacting them, they brought the boy to the police department and contacted Child Protective Services.
Parish said it took the boy's parents 40 minutes to show up at the police department after they had been called.
Debbie and Kenneth Nelson both appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug, Parish said. The officers did a search of their car and found a partially smoked synthetic marijuana cigarette in the ash tray, Parish said.
Both people were arrested and taken to the county jail.