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Comfort charged for child neglect
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A mother faces child neglect charges after she was found by police intoxicated to the point she could not care for her daughter.The mother, Carolyn Comfort, 48, is charged with child abuse and neglect and will face hearing before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on Jan. 26.She is charged after police were summoned to her Peers Street residence.“I went there on a welfare check where a child was not able to get into her home,” said McMinnville Police Officer Paul Springer, regarding what brought him to the home. “When we arrived we found Carolyn Comfort unable to speak.”Springer said he asked the mother several questions to see if she was coherent.“She could only give one-word answers,” Springer revealed, noting he had her to sit down since she was so unsteady on her feet.Given the intoxication of the mother, the Department of Children’s Services was called to the house where they interviewed the woman’s daughter.“The daughter stated that her mother crushed her pills and snorted them,” Springer said of the young girl’s statement.An investigation of the home found evidence to suggest Comfort had been abusing her prescription medications as prescriptions, filled only days before, were nearly empty. The scripts included drugs like hydrocodone and somas.