Two Guernsey County women are facing endangering children charges for allegedly smoking marijuana in a vehicle with a 1-year-old child along for the ride.
The women — an 18-year-old Quaker City area resident and a 20-year-old Cambridge resident — were charged following a traffic stop by a Guernsey County sheriff’s deputy Thursday night. The younger woman was also charged with possession of marijuana.
Both women were served with summonses in lieu of arrest for the misdemeanor charges.
Guernsey County Children Services was contacted and a staffer reportedly placed the child in a safety plan with the 20-year-old suspect’s mother.
The traffic stop was one of two by deputies Thursday that resulted in drug-related charges being filed. A 35-year-old Steubenville man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after a “bubble” pipe was found during a traffic stop near Kimbolton.
According to reports at the sheriff’s office, a deputy was stationary on Lucasburg Road when he was passed by a 1992 Buick bearing a temporary tag registered to the elder of the two suspects. A dispatcher advised the driver’s license had been canceled, but she was issued a valid learner’s permit.
The deputy followed the Buick onto Marietta Road (Route 821) and then into Jackson Park where a traffic stop was conducted.
The deputy reported seeing a 1-year-old child in a car seat in the back of the vehicle and detecting a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle when the passenger window was rolled down.
He inquired if there was marijuana in the vehicle, and the passenger reportedly replied, “yes sir.” She then claimed ownership of the marijuana and advised him it was in the passenger door pocket.
The deputy inquired if the women were smoking marijuana inside the vehicle and the passenger reportedly said “yes.” The driver told the deputy they had smoked marijuana approximately 30 minutes prior to the traffic stop at 7:22 p.m.
Deputies said the passenger agreed it was not okay to smoke marijuana with the child in the vehicle.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies reported finding two blunts in a cigarette package in the passenger door pocket. They also reported finding a THC pen and an extra THC vial in the possession of the passenger.
No other contraband was found.
A Children Services staffer agreed to meet the mother at her Columbia Court residence after the they were released at the scene and advised to call for a ride.
As for the second traffic stop, deputies observed the male motorist make a U-turn at the intersection of Plainfield Road (Route 541) and Eighth Street Road in Kimbolton and they conducted a traffic stop at approximately 8:55 p.m.
Deputies said the male claimed he was testing driving his girlfriend’s vehicle after replacing the wheel bearings, and was heading back home due to remaining issues with the vehicle. The bubble pipe was found under the driver’s seat during a probable cause search after the male reportedly confessed to having drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.
A bubble pipe is commonly used to smoke methamphetamine, according to deputies. The pipe was seized as evidence.
All three suspects are scheduled to appear in the Cambridge Municipal Court to answer to the charges.