Children removed from alleged drug home

September 8, 2008 3:35:08 PM PDT
A Mount Vernon woman is facing charges after police say they found her three children unattended with crack cocaine in the house.Authorities say that on September 3, narcotics detectives conducted a search warrant on Carla Scott and her vehicle, a 2009 Chevy Malibu. Scott was reportedly stopped in her vehicle in the area of South 6th Avenue and West 2nd Street just before 11 p.m., when police say 15 knotted plastic twists containing crack cocaine were recovered from her pocketbook.

Also recovered from Scott and the vehicle was $1,850, according to police.

Police say Scott then informed them that her children, ages 10, 6, and 6 months old, were at her residence unattended.

Shortly after midnight, the detectives responded to Scott's home, to check on the welfare of her three children. The children were found to be in the apartment alone, according to authorities, who said there were also hazardous conditions in the home.

There were reportedly knives laying around on the counter and kitchen table, and the oven was on 500 degrees and was hot to the touch (no food was being cooked in the oven). They say that open to plain view was a ceramic plate with approximately 15 grams of crack cocaine on it, as well as two metal razors, a scale and packaging material.

The crack cocaine and razors were found on the floor next to the bedroom door and were in reach of the three children, police said. A search warrant was later executed, which resulted in the seizure of a large plastic bag with eight grams of powder cocaine, which was apparently recovered from a bedroom dresser drawer.

"This situation and arrest is tragic, not only for the suspect, but especially for the children," Police Commissioner David Chong said. "Drug dealers will be dealt with harshly in this city. It's unfortunate, but her children are probably safer in the custody of the state."

Scott is charged with four counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.



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