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Springtown mom gave kids alcohol, pot at sleepover, affidavit says

A Springtown mother is accused of providing marijuana and beer to juveniles at a sleepover at her home on Meadow Road earlier this month.
A Springtown mother is accused of providing marijuana and beer to juveniles at a sleepover at her home on Meadow Road earlier this month.

A Springtown mother provided marijuana and beer to eight underage girls during a sleepover earlier this month even though she thought at least for a minute that it was a bad idea, according to an affidavit.

Mandy N. Wells, 32, told investigators that the Springtown Middle School students were given two beers each and smoked marijuana after she offered it to them.

Wells’ three children, a boy and two girls, were at the house at the time, authorities said.

Wells was arrested Thursday after an investigation revealed that the youths, ages 12 to 14, had been at her home in the 300 block of Meadow Road.

“I found it bizarre that an adult would do that,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said Tuesday.

Wells remained in the Parker County Jail in Weatherford on Tuesday with bail set at $20,000.

The search warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram on Tuesday gave this account:

Two 12-year-olds, two 14-year-olds and four 13-year-olds spent the night at Wells’ home on Nov. 6. She told them that they could drink beer since they were spending the night. One girl stated that she took only a few sips because she did not like the taste.

Later, Wells asked if they wanted to smoke marijuana, and they said they did. She told them that she provided marijuana to one girl to help her with depression.

Wells pulled out a purple/pink “Hello Kitty” glass pipe, put marijuana in it and passed it around. One girl told an investigator that she got high.

Two of the youths posed for a photo with the pipe and posted it on Instagram. Wells told deputies that she was not happy about that and had the pair delete it.

But after that weekend, a mother of one of the youths confronted her daughter about the photo, and she acknowledged what had taken place.

On Nov. 12, authorities executed a search warrant at Wells’ home. Investigators reported that Wells admitted “self-medicating” a child because the child’s medication was not working.

Wells refused to give the name of the person who provided her with the marijuana, and authorities say they believe that she was more concerned with protecting her supplier than with the juveniles’ welfare, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit also stated that Wells told investigators that “she thought for a minute that it [giving beer and marijuana] was a bad idea but she did it anyway.”

The children’s parents told deputies that they all wished to pursue charges against Wells.

She faces a felony charge of delivery of marijuana to a child and a misdemeanor charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor.

“I can tell you that there were children in the home who were removed by CPS due to the circumstances and living conditions,” said Deputy Danie Huffman in a Tuesday email.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr