Vernon, FL -- July 13, 2011 --
A Washington County mother was behind bars Wednesday on drug and child neglect charges.
Amy Watson, 26 years old, appeared in court on Wednesday, where the judge ordered her to be held on a $8,500 bond.
A concerned driver had called the Sheriff's Office Tuesday afternoon after seeing Watson allegedly swerving on the road and hitting mailboxes. Deputies said they found her car at the Tom Thumb Convenience Store off Highway 79 in Vernon.
They said they discovered Watson passed out in the driver's seat with a lit cigarette burning a hole in the steering wheel.
After searching the car, deputies found nine syringes, one loaded with some type of illegal drug, hydrocodone, roxycotin, and other drug paraphenalia.
Watson's two children, six years old and three years old, were in the backseat the entire time.
"What if one of these kids had shot themselves with the loaded syringe? They were playing in the backseat of the car, car off during the heat of the day," said Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office turned the two children over to the Department of Children and Families.
Watson is charged with child neglect, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, and possession of drug paraphernalia.