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Vinton woman arrested for drug charges, child desertion after toddler found on road

Posted at 11:57 AM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 12:57:58-04

CALCASIEU PARISH — A Vinton woman has been arrested, accused of child desertion and drug charges after her two-year-old son was found walking in the road alone.

Deputies with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office say that on August 15 around 3:00 p.m. they received a call in reference to a 2 year old boy in the middle of the road on Nichols Street in Vinton. The caller told deputies that the boy, who was in the road for an unknown amount of time, was brought back to his home by a witness.

Upon arrival, deputies say they located the child's mother, 34-year-old Anastasia J. Waddell of Vinton. Deputies say she was passed out in a chair in the living room with what was believed to be synthetic marijuana in her lap. Deputies say Waddell was woken up and a search of the home was conducted.

Deputies say that a search revealed additional illegal narcotics along with drug paraphernalia.

Waddell was arrested and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and charged with child desertion, illegal use of controlled dangerous substance in the presence of a juvenile, illegal possession of drug paraphernalia, illegal possession of synthetic marijuana, and possession of CDS IV. Her bond is still pending, according to a release.

The child was released to the custody of his father by the Department of Children & Family Services.