When you think of a mother and a diaper bag, you probably think of most things that would be essential to caring for a baby – pampers, bibs, onesies, wet wipes, pacifiers, bottles, breast milk, formula, etc. Well, for one Baton Rouge mom, that wasn’t the case.
Her 11-month-old baby’s diaper bag was actually a hiding place for drug paraphernalia. As a matter of fact, the Baton Rouge Police Department specifies that the bag was filled with drug paraphernalia commonly associated with heroin. It was also reported that she had ecstasy in her possession. Here’s how she got caught:
According to WAFB News, the toddler’s mother, Leslie Estes, was actually involved in a motor vehicle accident – one where she was at fault. The 25-year-old mom reportedly ran into the back of an 18-wheeler near the I-10 and I-12 split around 8:00 a.m. on the morning of Wednesday, March 26. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, the first red flag they’d noticed with Estes was that the baby wasn’t secured in a car seat.
While neither Estes or her baby were injured, police still weren’t ready to let her off the hook. Officers soon discovered a number of suspicious items inside the car. The speculative items prompted the search of her car. Here’s what they found, according to Cpl. Don Coppola of the Baton Rouge Police Department.
“Uniform Patrol Officers observed Estes to be in possession of clear cellophane bags containing suspected Heroin and MDMA,” Cpl. Don Coppola, BRPD, said. “Estes also was found to have a glass vial of suspected Naloxone, Heroin and paraphernalia, which included burnt spoons, cut straws and hypodermic needles, which were located in her 11 months old child’s diaper bag.”
Due to the discoveries, Estes was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison. The Advocate reported that Estes was charged on numerous drug possession-related counts including possession of Schedule I drugs, illegal use of controlled dangerous substances in the presence of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of legend drugs.
Additional charges were also included for the baby being found unrestrained and for the accident, itself. For those offenses, she was charges with careless operation, a seat belt violation and driving with a suspended driver’s license,” said Cpl. Coppola. Fortunately the baby was placed in the custody of her parents.
Image via WAFB (Baton Rouge Police Department)