Florida woman accused of smoking crack while breastfeeding baby
Updated On: Aug 06 2014 06:55:57 PM EDT
A Daytona Beach woman was arrested Wednesday morning on allegations of breastfeeding her infant daughter while smoking crack cocaine.
Bobbre Williams, 37, was arrested on charges of aggravated child abuse, battery on a law enforcement officer, cocaine possession and child neglect.
According to Daytona Beach police, Williams, a mother of at least seven children -- all of whom are in state custody -- was located by officers in the 500 block of South Martin Luther King Boulevard after a tipster called authorities.
The caller said knew Williams from a shelter and found her smoking crack and drinking alcohol behind a building, according to officials.
"For the children it makes me sad, why do you keep having all these kids," the caller told Local 6. "The baby's head was all lumped over and it was scary, a scary sight to see."
The caller also said that Williams had no food, empty baby bottles and no clean diapers, describing the baby as looking "sweaty, hot and hungry."
The tipster also called the Florida Department of Children and Families, and an investigator said Williams admitted to using drugs while breastfeeding. The witness told Local 6 she tried to hold the baby until police arrived, but Williams refused.
Officials determined that Williams wasn't fit to keep the child, but she resisted officers' attempts to take her 1-month-old baby, squeezing the child so hard that the baby couldn’t breathe until officers managed to pry her away.
She was forced to the ground and the baby was safely taken from her and placed into state custody, police said. The child was taken to a hospital to be checked out, police said.
Williams was arrested and taken to jail.