A Georgia woman allegedly left her young son in a vehicle containing methamphetamine while she attempted to burglarize an empty house. The mother reportedly violated her probation and could face a charge for child neglect, among several other felonies.
In December 2017, 39-year-old Theresa Jean Bice was arrested for breaking into an empty residence in Cumming, Georgia. Deputy C.A. Miller of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office was called to the scene when property owner James Otwell called authorities to alert them that there was a vehicle parked behind the house, Forsyth County News reports.
Miller apprehended Bice while she attempted to escape from the house through a rear window. The officer found the suspect's 4-year-old son waiting in her vehicle, along with bags of methamphetamine and glass drug paraphernalia.
Bice has been charged by the Forsyth Sheriff's Office with felony burglary, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of narcotics with intent to distribute.
Bice was already on probation for a shoplifting conviction in April 2017. A spokesperson for the Forsyth Sheriff's Office, Cpl. Doug Rainwater, said that police were unsure how long Bice rummaged through the residence but that there was evidence she intended to steal DVDs and children's toys.
Rainwater added that the District Attorney would likely charge Bice with child neglect.
Methamphetamine is considered an exceedingly dangerous narcotic when continuously abused. It has been linked to congestive heart failure, brain damage and high blood pressure among users.
On Aug. 30, a study conducted by the University of New South Wales in Australia found that methamphetamine can induce strokes in young people, Reuters reports.
"Methamphetamine users and their communities should be aware that stroke can occur in young people within hours or days of use, and also as a long-term consequence," said Dr. Julian Lappin, the study's author.
On Dec. 7, Stanford University psychology professor Russ Poldrack said that his studies indicated methamphetamine abuse also prompted users to make bad decisions.
"Methamphetamine abusers were worse at stopping themselves on these very simple tasks and their ability to stop themselves related to how much craving they had for the drug," Poldrack told NPR.
On Sept. 17, authorities busted a meth lab in Union County, Georgia. The raid nabbed $3.2 million in methamphetamine and yielded five arrests, AJC reported.
"This short but effective investigation was a federal, state and local partnership that disrupted and dismantled a drug distribution network’s attempt to flood our communities with this destructive drug for their own financial gain," said Mitchell Posey of Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office in a statement.