Authorities rescued a 7-year-old girl after her mother, who is facing drug charges, lied to police regarding her daughter’s whereabouts.
Daleville Police Chief Harvey Mathis said police arrested the child’s mother, 29-year-old Denise Charlotte Deloach, and charged her with two felony counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance (for xanax and methamphetamine), child endangerment and driving under the influence.
Mathis said the charges stemmed from police responding to a medical rescue call of someone passed out in their vehicle in the 400 block of Daleville Avenue around 2:40 p.m. Thursday. He said officers responded and initially couldn’t get the woman behind the steering wheel to respond to knocks on the vehicle’s window.
Mathis said Deloach, after being questioned by police, admitted she’d likely test positive for being under the influence of xanax and ICE, or methamphetamine.
Mathis said when police told her she was under arrest she told them she needed to go home to her daughter, who was with the babysitter. But when questioned, Deloach said she didn’t know the babysitter’s name.
When police went to her Old Newton Road residence they found it empty with no child inside.
“We called in some reserve officers and fanned out searching the neighborhood, door-to-door,” Mathis said.
Mathis said police found the 7-year-old girl at a known meth house down the street where an associate of her mother’s had recently been charged with manufacturing meth. He said the child was found by herself watching TV in the home.
“She told us she hadn’t eaten anything since early that morning,” Mathis said. “She told me ‘my mom is broken.’”
Mathis said police found the child safe within a half hour of finding her mother passed out in a vehicle. He said Dale County Department of Human Resources responded and will look into the circumstances of what happened to the child. Mathis also said the child’s father drove down from Montgomery to pick up his daughter.
Mathis said Deloach was taken to the Daleville City Jail where authorities found xanax and meth hidden inside her bra. Deloach was taken to the Dale County Jail on Friday.
“We all breathed a sigh of relief when the officer came walking out of the home carrying the child,” Mathis said. “The child is safe and that was our main concern, the DUI was secondary at that point. We just wanted to find that child.”