Mom Caught with Drugs; Kids Playing in Backseat

By: Bryan Anderson Email
By: Bryan Anderson Email

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.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 14, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    wow, i thought i lost all faith in humanity before. after reading this, no...now i definitely have.
  • by Enabling Drama on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    They get $550.00 a month for every child that they can claim has A.D.D.or any other type of disability. Once they qualify for that, they automatically qualify for Medicaid, which is free healthcare for the mother and child. They get food stamp for food and in Gadsden County they get subsidize housing, utilities and phone. Oh and yes and free childcare, let me tell you about the scam on that. Apparently the government gives private pre k schools, (like the one recently in the news for not paying their teachers) grants to teach the kids. The mother gets free daycare, doesn’t have to pay a thing and the school gets a tuition check every month from Uncle Sam to cover the kids tuition. Profitable for the school Profitable for the mother. Not profitable for the taxpayer who is working a 40 hr week
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      by STATE WORKER on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:25 AM in reply to Enabling Drama
      First of all this case has nothing to do with GADSDEN county so leave us out of it. And what does the county have to do with it any way? You sound as if you think all Gadsden county citizens are on a free ride. Well it's time you have a head check. I live in this county but work for the State of FL and my child attends public schools not the private schools you are speaking of. The next time you decide to add your two cents get your facts straight. This is a WASHINGTON county issue and I bet you your last dollar this lady is not a decent of the Black community.
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        by Medicaid, SSI, Foodstamp on Jul 14, 2011 at 11:25 AM in reply to STATE WORKER
        These social programs pay dysfunctional people to have children. I am not for that. In my opinion it promotes child neglect and it is an irresponsible thing to do to children. Those programs are in Leon, Gadsden Jefferson ALL Fl counties The subsidize housing, utilities and phone benefits can differ a little from county to county. I live in Gadsden that is why I specified that county when I was talking about the utility and housing benefit. Medicaid recipient living in Washington County might not get the utility and housing benefits but in ALL Fl Counties dysfunctional people who don’t want to work can get government money and benefits if they do one thing, have children so that what they do and this is the results and that is why I am not for paying people to have children. I said nothing about this women being a descended from a black community where in the world you got that I don’t know. My question is why are you trying to spin it into a racial thing when I did not say anything about blacks, black community that was all your doing. Stop being a Drama Queen, not everything is an attack on you.
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      by Sonny on Jul 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM in reply to Enabling Drama
      Correction ---- should read MISDIAGNOSED as ADD or autism.
  • by Medicaid, SSI, Foodstamp, Governmental grants and handouts on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    Those programs pay dysfunctional people to have children. They tell them all you have to do is have kids and we will pay you to do it and so they do because they want the money and the children are the ones that suffer.
  • by Jim Location: Gadsden County on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    In despite what a society might do to improve the lives of the masses to lead a productive life. Some will not take advantage of the opportunities. These people will remain poor and lead crappy lives. This predicament is caused by bad choices they made. These people will be a burden of society for the rest of their lives. As they live out their lives they are producing offsping that will follow in their footsteps. How many of them will make the right or wrong choice? The choice is made by the individdual that leads to a poor and crappy life. It's a never ending cycle.
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      by Medicaid, SSI, Foodstamps, Government Handouts on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:17 AM in reply to Jim
      Dysfunctional people have children because they want government financial support. If they did not benefit financially from having children, they would be more proactive not to have them.
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        by Gadsden County on Jul 14, 2011 at 09:28 AM in reply to Medicaid, SSI, Foodstamps, Government Handouts
        Sounds like you are either receiving the same benefits or have been denied for being STUPID!
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          by Jim on Jul 14, 2011 at 02:14 PM in reply to Gadsden County
          Sounds like you have no argument and no vocabulary.
  • by Sonny Location: Tallahassee on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:23 AM
    She looks like a real winner.
  • by Just Curious on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    Were in the article does it say ANYTHING about her being on welfare and tax dollars being given to her.
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      by Have to had live with an addict to understand the lifestyle on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:21 AM in reply to Just Curious
      You think she works? OOhhh Okkk
  • by GV Location: Ga on Jul 14, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    According to alot of idiots that post here,it is the drs fault,even though she didn't have a prescription.
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      by Hmmm on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:25 AM in reply to GV
      Funny, GV.... I don't see any posts on here blaming doctors. Just another of your ill-conceived posts...
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        by GV on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:58 AM in reply to Hmmm
        That post on this site,stupid.There are all kinds of posts that state that.Just read the one about the people who were caught with all the drugs a couple of days ago.Are you really that stupid?You think I just made that up?
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      by Jessica on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:05 PM in reply to GV
      If you're going to call people idiots, you should be aware that a lot is not one word!
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        by GV on Jul 15, 2011 at 04:46 AM in reply to Jessica
        Who cares?I'm still right about the idiots who want to blame the doctors.
  • by The OPentagon, corporate welfare, bail out the rich on Jul 14, 2011 at 05:46 AM
    To blame governemnt support programs for drug use is a foolish leap of reasoning. I do see a connection between low socio-economic status and drug use - the poor want an escape from their crappy lives but to blame the government is a stretch. She got lucky no one was hurt. This girl needs help to get off the drugs and live a better, productive life - or is that not a worthy goal also. Social programs do need to be scaled back and monitored more carefully. If we follow the Repub. mindset, especially in a time where there are no jobs for people to work at, you would only see behavior like this increase.
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      by Sonny on Jul 14, 2011 at 07:24 AM in reply to The OPentagon, corporate welfare, bail out the rich
      Really? You don't see the connection. huh. That's interesting. I have. Go do some social working and/or emergency services and you'lll start to see the connection.
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      by Medicaid, SSI, Foodstamps on Jul 14, 2011 at 08:07 AM in reply to The OPentagon, corporate welfare, bail out the rich
      I am not blaming the programs for drugs use. I blaming the progams for encouraging dysfunctional people to have children.
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      by been there saw that... on Jul 14, 2011 at 01:39 PM in reply to The OPentagon, corporate welfare, bail out the rich
      You pretty well hit that on the nose...And I have NEVER heard of these Social programs "paying" anyone to HAVE children,they help them because OF the children.Ang yes, THANK GOD for watching over those children...And ,yes I do believe that these programs need to be more monitored. And again, was it mentioned that she was even on any Government Program???Just hope and pray for her recovery, and for the childrens future...Amen !!!
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        by Stop the enabling on Jul 14, 2011 at 02:43 PM in reply to been there saw that...
        Right they "help" then, code word for enable them, because they had children and only because they had children. They only get paid if they have the children. So they have the children and this is the results of our enabling. Those programs don't need to be monitor. They need to be discontinued. You can't manage an addict. They are 10 x more manipulative then you will ever be. They will do what ever they need to do, including having children, so they can get money for their addiction. The only way to manage an addict is to stop trying to do it. The last thing in the world we need to be doing is giving addict money on the one condition they have children. You want to "help" an addict, stop giving them money, stop encouraging them to have children buy promising them federal handouts. You want to help an addict, stop trying to save them because you are only enabling them. You want to help an addict, you have to let them suffer their own consequences. If you don't do that you are going to loose them. No addict is going to get help as long as they have a whole network of enablers. All those programs are doing is encouraging dysfunctional people to add children to their dysfunctional enviroments so they can get money to support their dysfunction. That does not benefit children. It benefits the addicts. We need to stop those programs.
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          by been there saw that... on Jul 14, 2011 at 11:18 PM in reply to Stop the enabling
          oohhh, excuse me, i do have comen since, that only an ADDICT, can help their selves, no matter what anyone tries to do,say, or whatever, only when they decide to help their selves and do better, then they will...But again I saw no info. @ her getting paid to have children, or if she draws Gov. ben.S, which, 9 out of 10 do, but mainly, I was just Thankful to God that the children are safe, I hope, as far as we know...so again good luck to her, but mostly to her children, since there is no telling what they have been through, or seen, AMEN !!!
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          by Medicaid, SSI, Foodstamps on Jul 15, 2011 at 01:49 PM in reply to Stop the enabling
          Oh give me a break with your denial. What do you mean you don't know what they have been through? What are you 12? Do you live under a rock? You know darn well what then been through? You turn a blind eye to it because then that way you don’t have to except your responsibility in it. We gave the mother the money to do the drugs on the condition she have those kids. You know and I know it please stop with the denial So that is what she did and now those kids live a nightmare and you know darn well they are living a nightmare so please stop saying you have no idea what they been through. You know as well as I do what they have been through. We funded it. She is not going to help herself, as long as we continue to give her money to feed her addiction and those kids are going to be stuck in until they are 18. Compliments of us, the do gooders.
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          by been there saw that... on Jul 17, 2011 at 08:13 PM in reply to Stop the enabling
          Hey, why don't you check out what nunya has to say, and pay ATTENTION, and really think about everyone, and not just YOU !!!
  • by Medicaid, SSI, Foodstamps on Jul 14, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    Were we the tax payers the ones buying her drugs? Were we the ones enabling the child neglect? Did she work? Was she a functional member of society? Or was she a dysfunctional memeber of society that we promised to financially support on the one condition that she have children. So she had children and this is the results, Thoese programs do more harm than they do good. We need to stop funding this madness.
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      by nunya on Jul 16, 2011 at 02:25 PM in reply to Medicaid, SSI, Foodstamps
      ok,... LOL,...Sssoooo, now who is all for drug testing ALL the people who receive Gov. help ??? Sounds good to me, and if people are going to have children and be drug addicts, why dont they use what they call BIRTHCONTROL, instead of putting poor little children through the things they do...Children in those situations need to be put in a christian home, so they can can have a chance at life...Thank You Jesus, for watching over them in that sitiation !!!And there are many people that are not dope heads, that are disabled and things like that , who really do need those benifits to survive and to provide for their children ,like they are suppose to... So , I say bring on the drug testing, for any help that is given... !!!
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        by been there saw that... on Jul 16, 2011 at 09:56 PM in reply to nunya
        sounds like you really have alot of sense about all this stuff, compared to the rest of these people... Why can't people just stop and really see the REAL picture of things in these situations...??? like you said, bring on the test, and leave out the people that do not abuse their help.
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      by nunya on Jul 17, 2011 at 08:14 PM in reply to Medicaid, SSI, Foodstamps
      Yea, what do you think about the test, and the other people who REALLY need these programs, and do not abuse them.. !!!???
  • by single dad Location: thomasville on Jul 13, 2011 at 05:18 PM
    what happened to " FELONY ENDANGERMENT TO A CHILD " ? thank GOD the children were unhurt. i wonder how much of our tax money was paying for the dopes dope.
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