Two arrested in child endangerment case

Two arrested in child endangerment case
Zachary Harvey (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
Zachary Harvey (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A woman faces criminal charges after she reportedly shoplifted in a store while intoxicated with her newborn child in tow, Jonesboro police said Sunday.

Amanda Gaspar of Jonesboro was cited for theft of property, public intoxication, possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor after police went to Walmart on East Highland Drive around 8:50 p.m. Saturday.

According to the police report, Officer Nathaniel Cole spoke to the people in loss prevention at Walmart about Gaspar reportedly concealing items on herself and attempted to leave the store without paying for them.

Cole said he was talking to people in the store when he noticed a strong smell of marijuana in the room.

Gaspar reportedly told Cole that she had a bag of marijuana in her purse and Cole found the bag and a joint in the purse.

However, as he was searching the purse, Cole noticed how Gaspar was acting.

"I noticed she was nodding her head and falling asleep in the chair. She also had slurred speech and watery eyes," Cole said. "I asked Amanda if she was intoxicated on anything and she stated she had taken some extra Klonopin's and had just previously drunk alcohol at a restaurant."

Cole then asked Gaspar if someone could pick up the baby and she reportedly told police that her boyfriend, Zachary Harvey of Jonesboro, could pick up the child.

Gaspar told police that Harvey was in the parking lot in their vehicle, police said.

Police called Harvey at least three times, left a voicemail and he did not call back, the report noted. However, police later found Harvey in the vehicle at the parking lot.

Harvey, who was cited for public intoxication and endangering the welfare of a minor, later spoke to Cole.

"I could smell an odor of intoxicants coming from his person. His words were slurred and he was unsure on his feet," Cole said. "I asked Zachary why he didn't answer the phone and he stated he had passed out in the car."

According to the report, the child was turned over to the Arkansas Department of Children and Family Services.

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