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December 6, 2012

Mom indicted for endangering toddler

PARKER COUNTY — A Parker County Jury indicted a Weatherford mom last week after she was allegedly found passed out in a vehicle with an unsupervised 3-year-old.

Tiffany Gwyn Gowins, 25, whose son was placed in foster care following the Oct. 4 incident, was indicted on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child.

Weatherford police responded to a call at the Super Value Inn shortly after 2 a.m. requesting they stand by while the manager requested a woman and her child leave the hotel.

The manager told officers that Gowins was a guest of an occupant and her 3-year-old was keeping a neighboring occupant awake.

Officers were then informed that Gowins was in her vehicle with her child and was possibly intoxicated.

They reportedly found her passed out in the driver’s seat smelling of alcohol and the 3-year-old boy “jumping and crawling around the vehicle,” according to an officer’s probable cause statement.

An officer opened the door and attempted to wake the woman but couldn’t, though she was found to be breathing.

As officers were waiting for the ambulance, the toddler opened the passenger side door without assistance and attempted to get out of the vehicle but was prevented from doing so by an officer standing by the door, police reported.

“If officers had not been there, the 3-year-old child could have opened the door and left without any supervision from an adult,” Det. Lannie Fulton wrote in an affidavit filed with Municipal Judge Ben Sasin.

The boy was able to tell officers his name and that Gowins was his mother but could not say where he lived.

EMS personnel were also initially unable to wake Gowins but, after loading her into the ambulance, did so with a shot of adrenaline used for people under the influence of narcotics, according to police.

She reportedly told EMS personnel that she had taken Xanax and Valium.

While looking for her identification, officers reportedly found two and a half loose hydrocodone pills in her wallet.

Gowins, who also had outstanding warrants, was transported and admitted to the hospital.

Child Protective Services was called and, after they could not initially get a hold of a family member, placed the boy in foster care.

The boy had no shoes and his clothes were dirty, according to the CPS investigator.

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