Police: Mom got high with son in car

Published 10:15 pm 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.


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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.