Mother Arrested After 5-Year-Old Found Wandering with Meth Pipe

Mother Arrested After 5-Year-Old Found Wandering with Meth Pipe September 20, 2018


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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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  • WallofSleep

    “Authorities blame the increase on Mexican meth that is often mixed with heroin or fentanyl.”

    They’ve been doing that for well over a decade. It adds an extra little addictive ‘hook’ to the meth (not that it needs it, believe me), and as one former cook told me it takes the rougher edges of the high.

    Don’t do, kids. Meth will fuck you up.

  • Lokis_Child

    I’ve seen plenty of examples of that. It’s really rough shit.

  • yeah they said the Mexican meth started in the coastal regions and it up there within the last 5 years.

  • Yeah, reading the statistics was heart breaking.

  • WallofSleep

    Yeah, I was in a coastal state when I first encountered it over ten years ago. It’s probably been a good 12-15 years since I’ve touched the stuff, but a few years ago I saw a PBS documentary about two brothers in Mexico running a major meth cartel. Interestingly enough, the years that I was really hooked on the stuff were the same years these brothers had access to large quantities of pharmaceutical grade Ephedra.

  • Oh I’ve heard of those brothers. Can’t remember the name. They took over from El Chapo.