Police: Woman was drunk while caring for 5-year-old autistic son
by Iris Garrett
December 04, 2013 11:52 PM | 1090 views | 3 3 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jennifer Edwards
Jennifer Edwards
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Cobb County police arrested Jennifer Edwards on Nov. 23 on a charge of contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

Police say Edwards, 38, had been drinking alcohol while caring for her 5-year-old autistic son.

No other adult was present in her Kennesaw residence when police found the front door unlocked and multiple prescription pills within the child’s reach.

Scissors and several knives were also laying about accessible to the child according to the warrant.

Edwards was released from the county jail the same day after being issued a bond of $1,320, inmate records indicate.

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WTF???
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December 05, 2013
So you can't have a drink in your own home when caring for your child? And police can critique everything in your home to assess whether it's a potential hazard and within reach of your child?

We've are now living in a nanny police state. We should all be concerned.
another anonymous
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December 09, 2013
ocga 16-12-1

(b) A person commits the offense of contributing to the delinquency, unruliness, or deprivation of a minor when such person:

(1) Knowingly and willfully encourages, causes, abets, connives, or aids a minor in committing a delinquent act;

(2) Knowingly and willfully encourages, causes, abets, connives, or aids a minor in committing an act which would cause such minor to be found to be an unruly child....

*scratches head*. All people, especially law enforcement, are expected to know what the statutes require of them in a state-so why is law enforcement doing this? None of what this news article alleges, even if true, violates this particular statute. Perhaps there's more to the story, but I think we should all be concerned.

One question is, Why did the police search? was their a warrant? was their consent to enter the home without a warrant or a valid 4rth amendment waiver? Can the public actually read any search and arrests warrant without having to petition the magistrate court?
anonymous
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December 05, 2013
So what did police showed up? I used to have some drinks when my kid was a baby, it is legal you know.
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