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Police: Mom got high with son in car

Published 10:15pm Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Suffolk police arrested and charged a 30-year-old Norfolk woman Monday after an officer allegedly found her in her car, high on drugs, with her son in the backseat.

Billie Jolene Warburton, of the 700 block of West 29th Street, Norfolk, was arrested in the parking lot of the Mills E. Godwin Jr. Courts Building, located at 150 N. Main St., after an officer leaving court about 11 a.m. noticed her slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle with the window open, motor running and 23-month-old son in the backseat, according to a press release from the city.


Blood allegedly was found on the center console, and fresh injection marks were visible on her arms, according to the release. A police report also said she had slurred speech. Several drug-related items were found in the vehicle, the press release stated.

The officer had earlier observed the vehicle in another area of the parking lot, where Warburton appeared to be sleeping, the press release said.

During the investigation, Warburton allegedly told officers the boy was crying because he had not been fed since the prior evening.

According to a police report, the woman “advised that she had placed the paraphernalia in her purse but did not plan on getting high today.”

She was charged with possession of heroin, driving under the influence of drugs and felony child neglect. She was transported to Western Tidewater Regional Jail under no bond, the press release said.

Child Protective Services currently has custody of the toddler.

A search of online court information shows Warburton had no court appearance for any criminal matter on Monday.

  • Lovebug

    She didn’t have a court date, she was in Suffolk to purchase her drug of choice. If the city put some cameras in that parking lot they would be surprised at the amount of drug deals that go on right there by the court house. This is an awful drug she is addicted to and I hope that they not only hold her to the laws but also get her the help that she needs. So many people are put in jail in this country and never really get the help they truly need to be positive citizens when they are let out. We can’t just punish people we need to identify their needs and help them fix their problems of addiction.

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    • pumpn_fe

      She wasn’t in Suffolk to buy dope. She may not have had a court date that day but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t at that building’s parking lot for a court related reason.

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      • Lovebug

        I have no idea why she was in Suffolk but I do know from my own experience of seeing it that many a drug deal goes down in both of the parking lots there. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if she didn’t score something while she was there.

        Hopefully she will get the help she needs while shes in jail and after she gets out so she doesn’t continue with her addiction.

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    Wow. So rather than stop to feed her son “who was crying because he hadn’t eaten since the night before” her solution was to get high? I’m sure the only reason he was even in a car seat was to keep him out of her facehenot to keep him “safe”. What a shame. She shouldn’t get him back.

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    Wow, wow, WOW. I just can’t fathom this! Her baby was crying because he hadn’t eaten since the night before? You can tell who her top priority is. I would imagine the only reason he was in a carseat was to keep him confined in a particular space & out of her face while she got high. UFB.

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