A West Virginia mother is behind bars after her 5-year-old daughter was found wandering the streets carrying a meth pipe. Police say the girl was walking in the middle of the road. The girl wasn’t wearing shoes, pants, or socks. Authorities located her mother passed out at home. Christina Wade was arrested and charged with two counts of child abuse.
West Virginia state police that they found the girl on Monday. When they located the girl, she was wandering in the middle of the road. Police said she appeared to be holding a piece of broken glass. They later determined the glass was part of a broken meth pipe.
The girl told her where she lived. When they arrived at the home, they located Christina Wade passed out on her bed. Reports say police found uncapped syringes scattered around the room. Additionally, they discovered a meth pipe near Wade. Police say it took them several attempts to wake Wade. After she woke up, she told them she had used meth the previous day.
Wade told authorities that her mother was watching her daughter. Her daughter told authorities she wanted to eat and needed clothes. Police found no food or clothing for the girl at Wade’s home. The girl appeared to have flea bites. Further, the girl’s hair contained lice.
Authorities arrested Wade on Monday afternoon. They charged her with child abuse creating a risk of injury and child neglect resulting in injury. She is incarcerated at Lincoln County Jail and held on $50,000.00 bond. There is no word on the whereabouts of the girl. Hopefully, the authorities found her food and clothing.
According to reports, methamphetamine overdose deaths are on the rise in West Virginia. Deaths from meth have increased 500% over the past four years. There were more than 129 reported overdose deaths in 2017. Authorities blame the increase on Mexican meth that is often mixed with heroin or fentanyl.
Drug abuse is an epidemic in West Virginia. Parents around the state lose custody due to drug dependence. In fact, in 2014, the state saw a 46% increase of children in state care with drug dependent parents. The issue is so bad that 8 out of 10 children in state custody are there because of abuse or neglect by a drug-addicted parent.
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