ETOWAH COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - It’s something you don’t see every day on the job with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office.
“That right there just goes to show you that, you know, we’ve got a problem,” says Lasseter.
Investigator Jeremy Lasseter and his partner were patrolling east Gadsden when they noticed a car leaving a house known for drug activity. Trying to pull the driver over for failing to signal, the woman accelerated.
“Nearly striking a pedestrian, she nearly hit a couple parked cars and some that were at a stop sign,” says Lasseter.
Turning onto another road, the woman, 34-year-old Florisha Wilson, jumped out of her car, which kept going.
“She left the vehicle in drive and nearly missed a house,” says Lasseter
But the agents who ran to stop the car made a devastating discovery.
“There were two juveniles, one was eight, one was 15 in the backseat of the vehicle. And it was later discovered that it was both of her children,” said Lasseter.
Wilson was found with methamphetamine. The National Institute on Drug Abuse says drug addiction is a complex disease that can easily take hold of a person, completely clouding their judgment.
“Being a parent myself, I couldn’t ever imagine doing something like that to one of my kids. It just goes to show how much that, you know, the drug means to them. That it obviously means more to them than their own kids’ lives or their safety,” says Lasseter.
Lasseter says he’s been doing this for eight years; he’s never seen anyone put a child’s life in danger. Wilson faces several charges including reckless endangerment and drug possession. She also had six active felony warrants. She was taken to the Etowah County Jail. The children found in the backseat are now with DHR.