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Evans mother accused of DUI, child cruelty

Posted: January 15, 2016 - 12:08pm  |  Updated: January 17, 2016 - 12:03am
Amber Paige Andrews, 25, of Evans  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
Amber Paige Andrews, 25, of Evans

An Evans woman was charged late Thursday with driving intoxicated with her young child and leaving another home alone.

Amber Paige Andrews, 25, of Belair Drive, was charged with driving under the influence, second degree cruelty to children, child endangerment, failure to maintain lane and open container.

A deputy pulled Andrews over on North Belair Road and Belair Drive at about 10:40 p.m. During the stop, the deputy cited Andrews, who had her 3-year-old son in the back seat, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Before taking Andrews to the Columbia County Detention Center, the deputy called Andrews’ stepfather to find safe care for the boy. During that conversation, the deputy learned that Andrews had a 2-year-old son, who was not with her at the time of the traffic
stop.

When deputies asked about where the 2-year-old was, Andrews gave conflicting and changing stories, claiming that she’d attempted to contact two different friends to care for the toddler, according to the report. Deputies couldn’t reach an acquaintance of Andrews to confirm the toddler’s
whereabouts.

When Andrews’ mother and stepfather arrived to care for the 3-year-old, deputies used her keys to get into her home because the child might be in distress. They immediately heard a child screaming and
found the 2-year-old in a folding playpen in a back bedroom and alone inside the home, according to the report. He was clothed and in distress.

While her stories were inconsistent, it appears Andrews left the house with her older son, leaving the 2-year-old alone at about 7:30 p.m.

Someone from the Department of Family and Children Services met with Andrews and her mother and stepfather. An emergency plan put the boys with their grandparents until more comprehensive custody arrangements could be made.

Andrews remained in the jail Friday morning on a $12,000 bond, according to jail records.

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