Crime

January 15, 2014

Daughter, 4, uses cellphone to report Springtown mom passed out in vehicle

The child used her mother’s phone to report the woman was sleeping and they were on the side of the road. When help arrived, the truck was idling and the woman’s foot was on the break, deputies said.

A 4-year-old child used her mother’s cellphone to call a family member for help after the woman passed out on a rural road in northeast Parker County, authorities said.

The mother, Alicia Pruitt, 24, of Springtown was arrested Friday for public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance, according to a news release from the Parker County sheriff’s office.

Jail records show she was released Saturday after posting $1,234 bail.

“This small child was incredibly intelligent and brave,” Sheriff Larry Fowler said. “At only 4 years of age, she knew to dial for help, taking a responsibility initiative beyond her tender years.

“There is no telling what could have happened to this child, had she not been able to call for help.”

Deputies on Friday responded to a call of a woman passed out inside a Dodge pickup in the 300 block of Young Road, south of Springtown, according to the sheriff’s news release.

The call was made by a family member who said a little girl in the truck used her mother’s phone to report that her mother was sleeping and they were on the side of the road.

The family member immediately drove to the scene and called deputies, according to the news release.

“The family member reported the truck’s engine was running and it was in gear as the female driver was leaning over the console of the truck with her foot on the brake pedal,” the news release stated. “The witness repeatedly shook the woman in an attempt to wake her up and called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident.”

The mother, who was in a daze, told deputies she was under the influence of illegally obtained prescription narcotics and synthetic marijuana known as “K-2,” according to the news release.

Fowler said the toddler was placed in the custody of family members.

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