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Mother high on synthetic drugs endangers toddler

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(L) Tristan Duane Harwell (R) Kara Kaylee Edwards (L) Tristan Duane Harwell (R) Kara Kaylee Edwards
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A mother who abandoned her child at a local cemetery while she was nearby, high on drugs with her boyfriend, is behind bars. Kara Edwards and Tristan Harwell are in the McLennan County Jail facing abandoning and endangering a child charges.

A 3-month-old boy was found in his mother's arms at the Rosemound Cemetery on August 20 when cemetery employees found him. Police say when they arrived on the scene they found a woman and a man unconscious, one in a parked car and the other in the grass.

As police attempted to wake them up, they noticed them acting strange.

"As officers were trying to wake both of them up they became combative, belligerent to the point that they had to become handcuffed," Waco police spokesman Patrick Swanton said.

After confessing to inhaling a synthetic drug called V8 spice, police say the mother confessed to an even more disturbing action.

"We believe the mother had been breast feeding that child shortly after smoke the synthetic drug," Swanton said. "It's just a nasty drug. People smoke things that say on there don't ingest this, don't smoke this, it is not for human consumption. They ought to take heed in that."

Police sent the couple and the child to the hospital to treat them, and left the child in CPS custody. After receiving the drug test results a few months later police were able to finally arrest the couple.

Police are thankful someone did something to save the child.

"Thank goodness those people who work that cemetery came along and rescued that child and contacted police," Swanton said.

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