A Clover woman took her three children with her to buy crack cocaine, then smoked the drug in front of them in the parking lot of a convenience store, police say.
Misty Ann Wheaton, 32, of Regal Oaks Lane, was charged with three counts of unlawful conduct toward a child and one count each of possession of crack cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, habitual offender and driving under suspension, according to a Clover police report. She was placed in the York County detention center, where she remained Tuesday.
A witness called police Monday night and told them they saw someone smoking crack cocaine in the parking lot of a store on North Main Street, the report states. The vehicle had left by the time police arrived, but the caller notified police that the vehicle had returned to the store.
Officers saw the vehicle with three children in the back and the driver, Wheaton, “messing with something in her lap,” police said. Wheaton had a white rock-like substance in her lap and began to brush the substance off when officers approached her car.
Wheaton gave officers permission to search the car, and the white substance tested positive for cocaine, police said. The substance was on the seat and in a cup holder, and there was a metal pipe in the console.
Wheaton was taken into custody, and her three children – ages 4, 7 and 11 – were taken to police headquarters to wait for a Department of Social Services caseworker.
“While speaking with the children, it was discovered that Wheaton took them with her in order to buy drugs,” the report states. “One of the children stated that they observed the drug deal happen and even described the drugs that the mother was using.”
One child told police Wheaton was “putting the white crumbly stuff in tin foil and smoking it,” and another had to get out of the car because “the bad smell” was burning his eyes. That child told police his mother was “confused while driving and went driving up on the sidewalk,” the report states.
The children were turned over to a relative.