Texas mom leaves infant in running car while she downs shots in nightclub, hurls racial slurs at cops during arrest
Samantha Grace Vaughan is facing multiple charges, including making terroristic threats to a public servant, in connection to the incident
COPPERAS COVE, TEXAS: A Texas woman reportedly left her infant son inside a running car as she partied and then resisted arrest while yelling racial slurs at officers who showed up at the scene.
The 26-year-old mom, Samantha Grace Vaughan, was arrested after officers from the Copperas Cove Police Department responded to the Trackside Night Club at around 1.45 am on Sunday, July 28, to reports that an infant had been left inside a car, according to a report by KBTX.
Upon their arrival, officers found that the baby boy was strapped to a safety seat in the backseat of a car which had the engine running and doors left unlocked.
One of the officers then located Vaughan inside the club around six minutes later and smelled "a strong odor commonly associated with the consumption of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her person".
According to an arrest affidavit filed in connection to the case, when the officers asked her if she had consumed any alcohol, she responded in the affirmative and confessed that she had consumed two shots. She then yelled that they would "not take my child and place her with a f****** n*****."
When questioned why she had left the infant alone in the car, Vaughan reportedly claimed that she had driven to the club to pick up her husband and had initially gone inside to use the bathroom. She said she then found her husband and sat with him before having two shots.
The arrest affidavit stated that when the officers then started taking her into custody, Vaughan tried to pull away, dropped to the ground, and "continued to thrash her body around... yell and throw herself about".
Court papers obtained by FOX44News said she also yelled obscenities and threatened one of the officers and his family, hoping they die. During her arrest, officers said the 26-year-old "smashed her forehead into the steel bar" inside the patrol car and sustained a small cut to her forehead.
When they tested her with a preliminary breath test device at the CCPD, her blood alcohol level was determined to be 0.148, almost twice the legal limit — the legal limit for driving in Texas is 0.08.
Vaughan is facing charges of abandoning and endangering a child with intent to return, resisting arrest, and making terroristic threats to a public servant in connection to the incident. Her husband, the infant's father, is not facing any charges at this time.