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Police: Shoeless mom drank before driving underwear-clad child to grocery

July 21st, 2011 7:31 am by Staff Report

A woman had been drinking when she drove her 4-year-old child to a Johnson City grocery store on Wednesday, resulting in her arrest, police said in a news release.
Donna Parker, 41, 515 Dru Lane, was charged with felony child endangerment.
Police were called to Food City, 2120 S. Roan St., for a welfare check just before noon Wednesday and found that Parker had parked her vehicle in the fire lane with a flat tire.
She had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath when she entered the store shoeless, and her child was wearing only a T-shirt and underwear, police said.
The investigation indicated that Parker had drunk alcohol before driving to the store with the child in the back seat, police said in the news release.
According to the affidavit of complaint police filed against Parker, police found Parker and the child seated in the floor of the store's entrance. Police asked Parker whether she was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and she admitted that she had drunk two alcoholic drinks before driving to the store.
Food City employees told police they had seen Parker "screaming and being rough with the child multiple times" in the store, according to the affidavit.
Parker was jailed in the Washington County Detention Center on $10,000 bond pending an appearance Thursday in Sessions Court, where her bond was reduced to $2,500. A preliminary hearing was set for July 28.
The child placed in Department of Children's Services custody, according to the affidavit.

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