When a Texas mother recently saw an image of her teenager posing with a glass pipe for pot smoking on Instagram, she was naturally concerned. It was later determined that the girl was one of eight teens who attended a sleepover at the house of a 32-year-old woman. The ages of the partygoers were 12, 13 and 14. The mother who allegedly provided the marijuana is now facing drug charges.
According to an arrest report, the woman allowed the teenagers to each drink two beers because they were staying over at her house. It is further alleged that she later offered to share with the children the marijuana she was smoking. Two of the kids posed for the Instagram picture that was reportedly later deleted, but not before the mother of one of the teens saw it.
The accused woman -- who is herself a mother of three -- reportedly admitted to giving the kids alcohol. Also, she apparently claimed to have self-medicated a child with marijuana. Authorities said the woman refused to name the person who supplied her with the marijuana. Child Protective Services reportedly took charge of her children, and she was arrested on charges of giving marijuana to a child -- a felony charge -- and a misdemeanor of providing a minor with alcohol.
The fact that this Texas mother is facing drug charges does not mean she will be convicted. She might find it beneficial to have an experienced criminal defense attorney on her side. A lawyer will be aware of the damage such charges can cause to the life of the accused individual, and an effective defense that will serve in the best interests of the accused person can be provided.
Source: New York Daily News, "Texas mom arrested for giving kids pot, alcohol at a sleepover", Keri Blakinger, Nov. 27, 2015