Kennett police arrest woman found passed out in vehicle with small child

KENNETT, MO (KFVS) - A woman is facing charges after an investigation by the Kennett Police Department.

At around 4:38 p.m., on July 1, officers in Kennett, Missouri were dispatched to the Country Mart grocery store on Saint Francis Street.

Officers were called out in reference to two people passed out inside a vehicle with a small child in the back of the SUV.

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After arriving and investigating, officers arrested the driver of the vehicle, 26-year-old Tessa Dawne Godfrey of Kennett, for driving while intoxicated - drug intoxication and endangering the welfare of a child involving drugs, first-degree.

According to the probable cause statement from police, an officer at the scene said Godfrey's eyelids were droopy and she was having trouble keeping them open. Her speech was slurred and she was also mumbling, according to the statement.

She failed sobriety tests at the scene.

Godfrey was held in the Dunklin County Justice Center on a twenty-four-hour hold pending the filing of formal charges by the Dunklin County Prosecutor's office. Charges were submitted on July 1 and an arrest warrant was issued on July 2.

A hearing is scheduled for July 10 at 9 a.m.

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