Angelina County, Tex., woman Laricia Young, 25, showed up around noon on July 3 at the Lufkin, Tex., Department of Public Safety and was seen in the lobby not talking and behaving strangely. Police arrived to find her sitting on the floor, unresponsive. Though emergency responders checked her vitals, they could not get her to answer any of the officers’ questions. According to Sgt. Rodney Squires, Young seemed disoriented and smelled strongly of PCP. A cigarette found on the floor near Young also smelled of PCP.
On investigation, it turned out that Young had left five children in the car outside, and had no apparent business with DPS. Three were identified as Young’s, the others as Young’s relatives. Police talked to one of the children who said she was Young’s eldest, and, according to Lieutenant David Young of LPD, “The girl said her mother took them when she bought the drugs.” Young was arrested for public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $11,000. There is no mention of whether or not the car was running, but since there are no child endangerment charges on record, it is safe to assume that the children were not in any immediate danger from the heat. They were, however, taken into protective custody.