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Police say mother on heroin crashes car into building with toddler in backseat

Police say Kristin Tippett crashed her car into a building while high on heroin with her 2-year-old son in the backseat. In photo above, she appears in Kanawha County Magistrate Court. (WCHS/WVAH)

A St. Albans woman is in jail after police say she crashed her car into a restaurant while overdosing on heroin.

Kristin Tippett, 28, is charged with child neglect creating risk of injury.

Dunbar police said they found her passed out in the driver's seat after her car traveled through the drive-thru lane at the Wendy's on Dunbar Avenue and then crashed into the building in reverse.

Police said her 2-year-old son was in the backseat of the car. Family members have since taken custody of the child, police said.

Police said Tippett was unresponsive for about 15 minutes until she was given a dose of Naloxone, which is commonly used to reverse the effects of an overdose.

Police said she told them she had shot up heroin about 10 minutes before the crash on the West Side of Charleston but didn't know what happened next.

In the car, police said, officers found a needle, filters, two marijuana joints and two bags of an unknown substance she identified as heroin, laying in the cup holder next to her.

Tippett was arraigned before Magistrate Brent Hall. She is currently being held at South Central Regional Jail on a $10,000 bond.




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