EVERETT, Wash. (CBS Seattle) — A 2-year-old was found to be high on heroin when her mother was arrested on drug charges, police say.
According to KIRO-TV, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office detained the woman, Camie Bena, and her boyfriend on Thursday night.
During the roadside arrest for an outstanding warrant and other drug-related charges, drug paraphernalia was found in Bena’s purse, including a needle loaded with heroin.
Additionally, Bena’s 2-year-old son was in the back seat of the car, and allegedly appeared to be under the influence of drugs due to his extremely lethargic state.
Privacy laws prohibit updates on the child’s health, but probable cause documents reveal that the officer felt the boy became intoxicated by heroin fumes after Bena reportedly smoked in the car.
“Bena showed no remorse and complete disregard for using heroin in a car with her child, causing her child to become intoxicated,” KIRO quoted the officer as saying in the incident report. “Bena’s boyfriend told deputies the loaded needle was his, which meant she took it from him and put it in her purse. She stated she does not use needles, she smokes heroin.”
A third man, who police say was also high on heroin, was in the backseat with the child. The infant was turned over to the care of Child Protective Services, and Bena is being held at a $10,000 bail.