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Mother Faces Drug, Child Endangerment Charges

Kirsten Murphy

By Jessie Williams

A 34-year-old Lafayette mother was arrested on drug and chid endangerment charges last week following a traffic stop on Hwy 52 Bypass E.

According to the affidavit of complaint filed by Macon County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Patrick Berry, he conducted a traffic stop on July 8, 2023 after observing a silver Ford F-150 with a non-working brake light.

Upon making contact with the driver, later identified as Kirsten Murphy, the officer saw a toddler sitting in the front passenger seat with a seatbelt across her lap. 

Further interaction with Murphy revealed unusual physical behaviors including trembling hands, lack of eye contact and rapid speech.

While speaking with her, the deputy observed a baggie under the center console that contained what appeared to be a crystal-like residue. 

Miss Murphy advised the officer she was on probation for drug charges and has an active DCS (Department of Children’s Services) case, at which time she was asked to step outside the vehicle while they waited for back-up to arrive. 

Detective Jason Sells arrived on the scene, and Murphy’s vehicle was searched. 

Found inside was a straw with a white residue on it, digital scales and a glass smoking bowl with a residue on it consistent with burnt marijuana. 

Murphy was asked to perform a Standardized Field Sobriety Test, and it was concluded she was driving under the influence. A white, powdery substance was observed by officers in her nose, and she admitted to having marijuana in her system. 

Murphy consented to a blood draw, and was taken to the EMS station by detective Sells.

She was charged with child endangerment, driving under the influence, child restraint law violation and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Her bond was set at $15,500, and she is scheduled to appear in general sessions court on September 6, 2023.