Deputies: Sarasota woman found passed out with drugs next to toddler

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SARASOTA, FL. - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a woman who was found passed out with drugs within reach of her 5-month-old son.

Deputies arrived at a home on the 4600 block of Sloan Avenue around 8 p.m. Tuesday after an anonymous caller requested a welfare check on a child. When they arrived they found Andrea Keesling unconscious and hanging off a reclining chair.

Keesling’s infant son was strapped in a car seat on the floor of the home with what later turned out to be a crushed codeine pill about one foot away from him.

The child, who has Down Syndrome, was hungry and in need of a diaper change. After numerous attempts to wake Keesling, she came-to when deputies shook her.

Keesling is charged with Child Neglect, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstruction. Keesling has an extensive criminal history of drug arrests, DUI and prescription fraud. The child is now in DCF custody.