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STAFFORD COUNTY, VA — A “mother” in Virginia is behind bars after her baby was found alone inside a motel room in an upside down car seat.

Police responded to a Motel 6 around 11 p.m. Monday after receiving a call from the motel regarding a baby that would not stop crying inside one of the rooms.

“When the deputies opened the door, they found a 7 to 8 month old baby girl, strapped in a child restraint seat, now the seat was upside down on the bed, which obviously caused the baby to scream, was in some discomfort,” Stafford County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Bill Kennedy said. “When they turned the baby over, they found bruising and scrapes consistent with the restraints of the child safety seat.”

Aside from a crying baby upside down in a car seat, deputies also found a crack pipe sitting on a nightstand. What they did not find was the baby girl’s mother, 34-year-old Christine Clark. The infant was transported to the hospital where the girl was found to have cocaine in her system.

While the baby was being looked after, police began canvassing the area for Clark. She would turn up an hour later, running through the motel parking lot running saying she needed to check on her baby. Christine Clark, also known as Christine Maxson, was arrested and charged with child abuse, child endangerment and obstruction of justice.

Clark could be facing more charges for the crack pipe and if the blood sample taken from her shows she had been using cocaine or other illegal drugs. Her infant is currently in the custody of protective services. Don’t feel too bad for her, though. Even if she’s unable to get her daughter back, she’ll be back playing mommy soon enough. Authorities have learned that she is pregnant again.

I know it wasn’t one of my popular promises while running for President, but stories like this are the exact reason why I wanted all police officers equipped with wire coat hangers.

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