A woman already jailed on accusations of giving her toddler access to prescription drugs now faces additional charges of interfering with the investigation.
Shannon Clement, 26, was charged Monday with obstruction of justice by police in Landis, a town of less than 3,000 people north of Kannapolis.
Investigators say Clement asked a friend who is a witness in the case to lie about seeing pills in the bed where she and her 20-month-old daughter were found, according to WBTV, the Observer’s news partner. The child had overdosed.
Clement also has been accused of impeding the investigation by hiding or destroying 15 to 20 prescription pills that were evidence in the case.
A family friend found Clement and her child asleep in her bed last week at their home on South Beaver Street. The friend found pills in the bed and called 911 as the child gasped for air in the background. The child, who is expected to recover, was reportedly unconscious and had purple lips and a white substance on her face.
Clement was charged with felony child abuse by neglect, maintaining a dwelling for controlled substances, two counts of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and other charges. Bond was set at $100,000.