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Publix customers alert deputies to couple on drugs with kids in tow

SEMINOLE — There was something wrong with the young couple shopping Monday night in Publix. Everyone knew it.

The man and woman couldn't keep their eyes open. The two kids with them were out of control, climbing all over the grocery cart and nearly falling out.

Patrons at the store, 7880 113th St. N, called 911. They told dispatchers the adults seemed to be under the influence of something. They were worried about the children, both young.

Pinellas deputies arrived just before 9 p.m. and interviewed the Seminole couple, Lacey Ann Kirkpatrick, 25, and Jared Ramsdell, 28.

In addition to not being able to keep their eyes open, authorities said, Kirkpatrick and Ramsdell had slurred speech, poor balance, glossy eyes and a "blank stare" on their faces.

Kirkpatrick and Ramsdell told deputies they'd taken several prescription medications between them, including oxycodone, Xanax, methadone, Naproxen and Zanaflex.

Kirkpatrick also admitted to driving the family to the store because Ramsdell, a habitual traffic offender, isn't allowed to.

Deputies arrested both on charges of child neglect. On Tuesday, Kirkpatrick remained in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail; Ramsdell's bail was $2,000.

Family members took custody of the children, sheriff's officials said.