Drunk mother leaves kids alone

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- A mother returned home at 11:10 p.m. Tuesday smelling strongly of alcohol, slurring her speech and confused about the police at her home, a Dougherty County Police Department report stated.

Tiffany Jones, 23, had left her children, a 9-year-old boy and his 9-month-old brother, alone in her 205 Redbud Road residence while she went out, the report added.

According to police reports, Jones' live-in boyfriend, William Walker Jr., was out of town working when he called Jones several times over a 45-minute period with no answer.

Walker told police he then called his father. William Walker Sr. went to the residence and found the children asleep and alone at 10 p.m. The father called Jones and failed to reach her.Walker then dialed 911. Officers arrived at the residence less than an hour before Jones showed up.

After noticing Jones' slurred speech and the alcohol on her breath, "Mrs. Jones was asked the highest grade level she completed, and she answered 12th," the report states. "Officer Whitmire explained for her to say her full name and to say the alphabet. Mrs. Jones failed to say her name and hesitated on many letters."

At the Dougherty County Jail, Jones registered a .123 on a blood-alcohol test, the report stated. That is .043 above the legal alcohol content allowed in the blood when operating a vehicle.

Jones was arrested on two counts of reckless conduct: for leaving her children alone and drunken driving, a jail spokeswoman said. At about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jones was being released on $3,000 bail.

The Department of Family and Children Services was notified Tuesday. A representative arrived at the scene and made arrangements for the children to be with their grandmother, Joyce Jones, on the 1000 block of Nelms Road.