CRIME
12/10/2013 12:52 pm ET Updated Dec 10, 2013

Jennifer Ann Lee Allegedly Huffs Whippets With 1-Year-Old Child In Car, Tells Cops, 'It Happens'

Just because "it happens" doesn't mean it should.

A Florida mom was nonchalant when cops questioned her about her alleged use of "whippets" in her car while her 1-year-old child was in the back seat. Jennifer Ann Lee, 29, passed out after huffing the contents of one of the small containers, which usually contain nitrous oxide, police told The Tampa Tribune.

A passerby in Bradenton noticed Lee asleep at the wheel at an intersection, and offered to drive her to a safe location, WTSP reports. Lee agreed. The witness also called a friend of Lee's to check on her, and that friend ended up calling police. He reportedly told officers that Lee was "doing whippets" in front of him.

When officers arrived, they reportedly found small canisters at the suspect's feet and in her seat. A subsequent search revealed 20 more of the canisters. The child was unharmed.

Police say she admitted to doing whippets and falling asleep at the wheel. She allegedly told them, "I was tired and it happens."

She was uncooperative when they arrested her. She was charged with felony child neglect, My Fox Tampa Bay reports.

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