CRIME
11/27/2012 10:23 am ET

Brooke Herrin Accused Of Pushing Baby Down Busy Highway While Intoxicated

A young woman pushing a stroller carrying her 7-month-old baby down a Virginia highway was so intoxicated, police said, that she could barely walk.

Isle of Wight County sheriff's deputies arrested Brooke Herrin, 23, of Carrsville, Monday afternoon after she was spotted stumbling along a travel lane of Walters Highway.

According to Kristin Wilda, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, deputies approached Herrin after receiving reports that she was causing a traffic hazard.

The responding deputies noticed Herrin was unsteady on her feet. When the officers checked the condition of her baby, they found the child was only wearing a sleeper and was cold to the touch, Wilda said.

The deputies found a substance they believe to be heroin on Herrin's possession and charged her with being intoxicated in public, possession of suspected Schedule 1 narcotics and disregard for a child's life.

Social Services took the infant into custody and later turned the child over to Herrin's relatives, Wilda said.

Herrin is being held without bond at Western Tidewater Regional Jail in Suffolk. It was not immediately clear Tuesday if she has an attorney.

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