Mar 1, 2011 11:12 AM
A Tennessee woman was arrested Monday night after police say one of her two children was found lying on the side of I-24 in Marshall County.
The incident happened at about 10:30 p.m. KSP troopers and Marshall County authorities responded to the westbound lanes of I-24 near the 24 mile marker after a motorist saw two small children in the roadway. Upon arrival, police found a two-year-old child lying on the inside edge of the westbound lanes of the interstate. The child had a large laceration to back of the head. Officers also located a woman walking east in the median carrying another small child. The woman was identified as the two children's mother.
Police investigation revealed that 29-year-old, Cynthia Palmer, was traveling from Fort Campbell, TN with her two children. Palmer stated to police that she had been snorting bath salts and began to hallucinate while driving. Palmer's hallucinations prompted her to stop her vehicle along the side of the interstate. Palmer retrieved her two small children from the vehicle and began to carry them across the westbound lanes of Interstate 24. Palmer stated that she dropped her two-year-old child on the roadway and left him. It is believed this is what caused the head injury to the child.
The two-year-old was transported to Kosair's Children's Hospital in Louisville due to the extent of his injuries. he five-year-old received no injuries and was taken into custody by Tennessee Social Services.
Kentucky State Police arrested Palmer and charged her with first-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, and public intoxication. She us being held in the Marshall County Jail.