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Infant Was With Couple Found Passed Out Near Local Cemetery

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email

WACO (December 11, 2013) A Waco man and woman were held Wednesday in the McLennan County Jail charged with abandoning or endangering a child after workers found them passed out just outside of a local cemetery and also found a 3-month-old baby, who’s now in care of the state.

Kara Kaylee Edwards, 35, and Tristan Duane Harwell, 31 were arrested Wednesday on warrants stemming from the incident on Aug. 20 in the 3100 block of South 12th Street just outside of Rosemound Cemetery, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said Wednesday.

The workers called police after finding the man, woman and infant.

When officers arrived one of the cemetery employees was holding the baby, the woman was lying on the ground, and the man was inside a car, Swanton said.

Officers determined the two were under the influence of a synthetic drug called "air freshener,” Swanton said.

Officers could not rouse the man in the car so they called for paramedics, Swanton said.

The man was so deeply under the influence of the drug he had to be intubated so he could breathe, Swanton said.

The man, woman and 3-month-old baby boy all were taken by ambulance to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center for treatment.

Tests at the hospital showed the adults were both under the influence of the synthetic drug and had methamphetamine in their systems, Swanton said.

Because the woman had been breast-feeding the infant, officers feared the baby could have been exposed to the drugs, as well, Swanton said.

Swanton said Child Protective Services made arrangements for the care of the baby.


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