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Mother Accused of Buying Drugs With Baby In Car, Abandons Both At Gas Station

Reported by: Send eMail Katelyn Sykes
Reported: Jun. 25, 2014 5:42 AM EDT
Updated: Jun. 25, 2014 12:35 PM EDT

Abandoned Baby
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Rand , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A young mother is in jail after West Virginia State Police said was buying drugs with her young child in the car, then abandoned the vehicle at a gas station.

State Police said they were already looking for Kristen Endicott and her boyfriend, Troy Allen, on previous warrants Tuesday.

Troopers got a tip that Endicott was in Rand buying crack. They were concerned that the two-year old was in the vehicle at the time drug buys were being made. Troopers said she had abandoned the vehicle with her two-year old inside at the Witcher Creek Exxon.

Endicott was arrested and is facing a slew of charges including being under the influence, grand larceny, DUI with child endangerment and child neglect with risk of injury.

"Don't take your children while you're trying to feed your own addiction," said Sgt. Larry O'Bryan, West Virginia State Police. "There's more people in this world that might be able to keep them, love them while you're out getting your fix."

The child is currently with it's grandmother and CPS has also been notified, according to troopers.

State police said Endicott was already being sought for conspiracy, obtaining by false pretenses and fraudulent schemes.

Her boyfriend, Troy Allen, was arrested earlier in the evening on similar warrants. West Virginia State Police said he stole his grandmother's credit card, maxed it out and sold the goods to area pawn shops. Allen is accused of spending about $45,000 of his grandmother's money on credit cards. Troopers said he bought lawnmowers, video gaming consoles and power tools and then sold them to pawn shops for cash.

Troopers were able to recover about $20,000 for the pawn shops and hope to recover more.

He's being held in the South Central Regional Jail in lieu of $5,000 bond. No bond has been set for Endicott yet.

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