Woman Arrested After Police Reportedly Find Xanax In Child's Animal Crackers

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades
Cynthia Rodriguez.Cynthia Rodriguez.

Police arrested Cynthia Rodriguez, 24, of Antioch, Tennessee, in Nashville after they said they found drugs in her child’s snack bag.

Rodriguez was stopped by an officer conducting a traffic stop on Sept. 21. The officer first saw her stumbling into an alleyway, where she then got into a car, according to an affidavit cited by WCNC.

Another person was in the driver's seat, and police saw a child standing on a seat in the car. The officer then pulled the car over after the vehicle failed to stop at a stop sign.

When police approached the vehicle, an officer saw Rodriguez’s young child sitting in her lap and eating Animal Crackers from a baggie that contained a broken tablet, WSMV reported.

Police later said they found three full "bars" and two half-bars of Xanax around the child’s food in the baggie, and in a separate box of Animal Crackers. Xanax is a prescription drug used to treat a variety of medical conditions but it is also often abused. It comes in the form of a long pill, called a bar, that can be divided into four doses.

Officers claimed Rodriguez's speech was slurred when she was apprehended, and she has since been charged with child endangerment, unlawful use of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

It’s unclear who currently has custody of the child.

Sources: WSMV, AOL, WNCN / Photo credit: Metro Nashville Police Department via WSMV, WNCN