A mother who admitted smoking marijuana around her children, one of whom was just 7-weeks-old, has been placed on probation and ordered into parenting classes.
The mother, Ashley Nichole Mullican, 20, was granted an 11-month, 29-day judicial diversion by General Sessions Judge Bill Locke on the charge of attempted child neglect and was directed to undergo parenting classes and warned to abide by any recommendations made by the Department of Children’s Services. Her record will be erased once she completes her probation as part of the judicial diversion.
Police went to her Bybee Branch Road apartment to investigate a report of underage drinking and drug activity. Policewoman Rachel Nichols soon discovered what she was looking for when the door was opened.
“I saw a yellow in color water bong sitting on a coffee table,” Nichols recalled, noting she then began a search of the apartment. “After conducting a search, 1.6 grams of marijuana was located in a drawer.”
Nichols said Mullican admitted to smoking marijuana inside the apartment.
“She admitted to smoking marijuana in close proximity to the 1-year-old and 7-week-old child in the room,” Nichols noted.
The officer pointed out that the 1-year-old was sitting in a “Pack and Play” and that the toddler could reach drug paraphernalia, placing the child in danger.