Police: 2 face neglect charges

Pair arrested for smoking pot with child in backseat

A Seymour man and woman face charges after an officer suspected they had been smoking marijuana in their vehicle with a 6-month-old child in the back seat.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department Reserve Officer Eric Browalski was on patrol Oct. 26 and was parked at the bridge on State Road 258 doing paperwork when he saw a red passenger car pull up and park under the bridge.

Browalski said he got out of his police vehicle and approached the car to make sure everything was OK. He observed a 6-month-old infant in the back seat along with a male driver and a female passenger.

The man was identified as 27-year-old Corey Quick, and his passenger was 24-year-old Ada Baldwin, according to police reports.

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“I stated the baby was a happy little guy as he was smiling at me through the window when I walked up,” Browalski stated in his incident report. “The female rolled down the window. I immediately observed the odor that through my time in law enforcement I recognized to be marijuana.”

Browalski said he told the pair he didn’t think it was good to be smoking marijuana around a child and asked if they had more on them.

Quick said he had just finished smoking the last of a joint but said there were no other drugs in the vehicle, according to Browalski’s report.

Browalski asked Quick and Baldwin to get out of the vehicle so he could check for drugs based on the smell of marijuana.

Quick told the officer there was a glass pipe in the armrest on the driver-side door, which Browalski located, according to his report.

After placing Quick under arrest, Browalski asked Baldwin if there was anything else in the vehicle. She said she wasn’t aware of any other drugs in her car and gave Browalski permission to search the rest of the vehicle.

During the search, Browalski located a baggie containing a small amount of a white rock-like substance, which appeared to be methamphetamine, tucked inside a black leather bag that had been stuffed into a diaper bag, according to the police report.

Baldwin and Quick denied knowing the baggie was there, and Baldwin told Browalski she thought the bag belonged to her friend who had watched the baby that day, according to court records.

Baldwin and Quick both were charged with maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent, and Quick also was charged with possession of paraphernalia. Browalski said he did not request a charge of possession of methamphetamine because the amount was too small to test.

Quick advised he was put on probation in September for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, Browalski said.

When asked why they were smoking marijuana around the baby, they said they forgot the child was in the car, according to Browalski’s report.

“They advised because the baby was so quiet, they forgot he was back there,” he said.

The child was released to a friend, and Baldwin and Quick were booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown without bond.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.