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CLAY COUNTY, Mo. — Clay County prosecutors charged a mom on Tuesday after her toddler was found wandering in the street over the weekend.

Sarah Stroud, 21, is charged in Clay County  with endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest.

According to the probable cause statement, the one-year-old was found near NE 46th Terrace and North Tracy Saturday afternoon. When police arrived they were directed to a nearby house where they found the front door open. They also found Stroud unconscious.

As officers tried to place Stroud in handcuffs she kicked an officer three times and claimed she didn’t care the toddler was in the street.

The probable cause statement says, “The house was in a deplorable state with parts of the ceiling visibly caving in as well as parts of the floor. Officers observed cockroaches throughout the house… The city fire marshal responded to the location and inspected the residence and ruled that it was not fit for human occupancy.”

In an interview with police, Stroud said she was homeless and was only staying at the house for the weekend while the homeowners were at the lake. She also said it didn’t matter that the door was unlocked when her and the child went to take a nap because the toddler knows how to unlock the door himself.

Stroud also claimed she was not aware that there was marijuana was sitting on the nightstand  next to where she was sleeping and added that it did not belong to her.

Prosecutors say Stroud did admit to taking a Klonopin earlier in the day, which caused her to become drowsy. Court documents say Stroud claimed Klonopin did not usually make her drowsy.