KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 27-year-old woman was charged Thursday in Jackson County with endangering the welfare of a child after police say she accompanied a man when he sold cocaine, and brought along her 3-year-old child.
According to the probable cause statement, Crystal Peters was arrested August 29th, along with the man suspected of selling cocaine base to an undercover detective shortly before the arrest. After the alleged sale, surveillance detectives followed the suspect in a 1997 green Honda Civic to a convenience store at 3742 Main Street.
The undercover agent said that during the drug purchase, he observed a woman in the passenger seat of the car and a child in the backseat. The agent said he observed the suspect to have a handgun on his lap with his right hand holding the gun, pointed in the direction of the undercover detective.
When police arrested Peters and the male drug suspect they say they found in the car a handgun, a clear plastic baggie with 2.2 grams of purported cocaine base, $60 of money used by the undercover detective to make the drug purchase, a black digital scale located in the center console, among other items.
"Whenever a child is placed in a dangerous situation by a parent, it's awful," said Sergeant Kari Thompson, a spokesperson with the Kansas City Police Department. "It's just awful."
While Sergeant Thompson cannot comment on Peters' case, Thompson tells FOX 4 in the last month in Kansas City police have seen a slight increase in the number of adults putting more children, even their own, in violent, life-threatening situations.
"Well, I can say being a parent there is a learning curve and you must be responsible. Take some time to understand how to care for your child and to maintain safety at all times," added Thompson.
Police say they read Peters her Miranda Rights, but they say she admitted she knew the suspect had crack cocaine, but said she was not paying attention when he met with people and was not sure if he was selling it.
Police say Peters admitted she knew it was not safe to have her child in the situation, but that it was easier to get a ride with the suspect than take the bus home.
Peters' bond was set at $2,500, which she later posted and is now free, awaiting her next court date.