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Toddler Left at Daycare for 22 Hours; Mother Arrested with Meth

GIBSON CO., IN - A Gibson County woman faces drug and child neglect charges after she allegedly left her toddler at a daycare for 22 hours while she got high on meth.

The Owensville Police Department said Natalie Lawson, 30, was arrested at her Owensville home late Thursday night.

Deputy Marshal Jason Wright said in a press release that Lawson's mother reported she was concerned about her daughter around 10:15 p.m. He said the woman told him Lawson had not picked up her 2-year-old child from the Toyota Daycare in 22 hours.

Wright said he then went to Lawson's home on Main Street with Marshal Leister to check up on her. He said they got no response when they knocked on the door, but were able to find an unlocked door.

Inside, Wright said they found Lawson standing in the living room with the rest of the house in total disarray. He said Lawson was very nervous and told them she hadn't slept in two days. Wright said Lawson told them she had a meth pipe in the bathroom, and they found burnt residue in it that field tested positive for meth.

Officers said they also found Lawson's phone found that had messages on it from Toyota Daycare asking why she hadn't picked up her child.

Wright said the Indiana Department of Child Services took the child and gave the toddler to the grandmother. He said Lawson was taken to the Gibson County Jail on felony charges of child neglect and possession of methamphetamine. The press release said Lawson was being held on $2,150 bond, and is scheduled to be in court Friday.

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Added: Sep-19-2010 Occurred On: Sep-17-2010
By: Zipper10
Tags: Toddler, daycare, meth, arrest, Owensville, In.
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