Mother allegedly endangered baby
Published 6:27 pm Monday, November 26, 2012
BY STEPHEN H. COWLES/STAFF WRITER
CARRSVILLE—A Carrsville woman believed to be intoxicated and in possession of heroin was arrested for allegedly pushing her 7-month-old in a stroller in the middle of the road near Walters.
Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office received a call at 12:40 p.m. Monday after someone spotted Brooke Herrin, 23, of Lawrence Drive walking on Route 258 near Joyner’s Bridge Road with the baby.
Prior to that, Herrin was at the nearby J.B. Food Mart.
“We saw the woman,” said store owner Rajinder “Jay” Singh. “She came in and asked to use the restroom. She went in for 30 minutes and took the baby with her. I tried to look at the baby, but couldn’t see it; there was too much cover.”
Because another customer needed the bathroom, Singh knocked on the door, and Herrin came out five minutes later, he said.
“She looked kind of high,” Singh said. “She was trying to do something and then got distracted. She didn’t look like she knew what she was doing. I asked if she was OK, and she started walking out. It made me nervous because she was walking from one side of the highway to the other.”
An off-duty officer came in the store and notified authorities.
A deputy allegedly found Herrin on the road and noticed she was unsteady on her feet. Cold to the touch, the child was only wearing a sleeper and crying.
Herrin was charged with public intoxication, possession of suspected drugs and disregard for a child’s life.
She was taken to Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk without bond.
Social services turned the child over to a relative.