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Crying baby left in motel room tests positive for cocaine
BY KEITH EPPS
The crying 6-month-old girl who was found alone in a southern Stafford County motel room late Tuesday has tested positive for cocaine, court records show.
The baby was upside down while strapped in a car seat on a bed at the Motel 6 on Warrenton Road about 10:43 p.m. when Deputy John Miller and others came to the her rescue.
Police were called after motel guests complained that the child had been crying for nearly two hours and no one was answering the door.
The girl’s mother showed up about an hour after deputies arrived and was arrested. She told authorities she’d been upstairs for about an hour before returning to her ground-floor room.
Christine Faye Clark, 34, also known as Christine Maxson, is charged with child abuse, child endangerment and obstruction of justice. She is being held in the Rappahannock Regional Jail.
According to an affidavit for a search warrant filed in Stafford Circuit Court, Clark could face additional charges.
A “crack pipe” used for smoking cocaine was found on a night stand between the beds, and police have obtained permission to get a blood sample from Clark to determine if she had been using cocaine or other illegal drugs.
The 6-month-old was taken to Mary Washington Hospital after being rescued, and court records state that “a battery of tests and exams” showed that she had cocaine in her system.
The child has been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Court records state that authorities have learned that Clark is pregnant again.
Keith Epps: 540/374-5404