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Clearwater police: Woman got high, left 2-year-old alone in the cold

CLEARWATER — A 26-year-old woman was arrested on a charge of child neglect after police accused her of leaving a 2-year-old girl unattended alongside a busy road at night, naked from the waist down in the cold.

Jamie Michelle Campbell was "too high to be able to care for herself" from illegally obtained prescription painkillers, according to Clearwater police. She lost her balance and fell to the ground Tuesday night, police said, leaving the child "unattended at night."

The police report said the incident took place about 9:54 p.m. in the 2500 block of State Road 590. Witnesses found the child alone along the road and called police. The report does not say how long the child was left by herself.

The child, whose identity and relationship to Campbell was not disclosed, was wearing a T-shirt and sweater and that's it, police said. The child did not have on a diaper, pants, shoes or socks.

The temperature outside at the time was about 54 degrees, police said. The child was "suffering from exposure," the police report said, but did not require medical treatment.

After her arrest, police said they took Campbell to her probation officer for a drug test. She was on probation on previous charges of credit card fraud and felony failure to appear in court.

As a female officer watched her take a urine test in the bathroom, police said, Campbell pulled out a wad of toilet paper and threw it into the toilet, saying there was nothing in it.

The officer retrieved the wad and found two prescription painkillers, police said. Officers said they also found four more pills in the rear seat of the police cruiser that Campbell rode in. The pills police said they found were the narcotic painkillers methadone and oxycodone and carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant.

That resulted in more charges for Campbell: two counts of possession of a controlled substance, two counts of violating her probation and one count of tampering with evidence.

She was arrested just after midnight Wednesday and booked into the Pinellas County jail, where she is being held without bail.

Clearwater police did not say who currently has custody of the child.

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Clearwater police: Woman got high, left 2-year-old alone in the cold 03/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 3:17pm]
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