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Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 9:26 am

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.

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1 comment:

  • songbird posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Apr 3, 2013.

    songbird Posts: 1

    So glad this child was taken away... no telling how much he has suffered at the hands of his addict mother. I'll never understand why, if you won't help yourself, you would not at least find help for your innocent child!... BTW, a 5 month old isn't a "toddler" by any stretch.