Pair pass out from drugs with toddler in back seat

SHALIMAR, Fla., March 13, 2018–Deputies found a man and woman passed out in a truck at a gas pump in Crestview last night with a 3-year-old child in the back seat.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies said the toddler had syringes, methamphetamine and Oxycodone within easy reach.

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Amanda Marie Hatton, 23, from Holt, and Jared Charles Smith, 31, from Baker, are charged with child neglect, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Member of the OCSO Street Crimes Unit were on patrol in the Crestview area when they spotted a white pickup truck with Mississippi tags that had been the subject of an earlier “Attempt to Identify” bulletin in reference to a theft.

The truck was parked at a gas pump at a Tom Thumb store on West James Lee Boulevard.

An OCSO sergeant spotted Smith and Hatton unresponsive in the front seats with drugs and uncapped needles on the center console in plain view.

A search of the truck turned up methamphetamine and a powder form of Oxycodone.

The child was sleeping in the back seat, within easy reach of the items.

Deputies learned the pair had been passed out for nearly two hours.

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office release

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