LOGAN - A woman has been charged with several crimes, including child neglect leading to substantial risk of death or bodily injury, following an incident reported at the Logan Walmart on Dec. 23.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Logan County Magistrate Court, Patrolman J.P. Ziegler with the Logan Police Department responded to a complaint of a woman accused of shoplifting at the store. An asset protection employee said the woman refused to stop for her and got in a white SUV attempting to leave the area.
Ziegler performed a traffic stop on the SUV and made contact with the driver, identified as Linda Elizabeth Browning, 30, of Ethel, and her two juvenile daughters. According to the complaint, when Ziegler explained to Browning that she was possibly involved in a shoplifting incident at Walmart, she "became irate" and "advised she did not take anything."
Ziegler told Browning to drive back to Walmart to continue the investigation in the asset protection office. While doing so, Ziegler asked Logan County 911 to run a criminal history check and driver's license check on Browning, and it was found that her license was suspended through the West Virginia DMV for an insurance violation.
The two juvenile females made contact with their father, who came to Walmart to take custody of his children.
During the investigation, Ziegler reportedly found two suboxone wrappers in Browning's purse with one suboxone strip inside. The father then called Zeiger and said that his 12-year-old daughter told him that Browning handed her a pink and black bag and stated, "That's crystal, give it to mawmaw."
Ziegler located Browning's mother, who told a story consistent with what the father said. She stated that her 12-year-old granddaughter did hand her a pink and black bag and that Browning told the juvenile to give it to her.
Inside the pink and black bag was reportedly a silver film container that contained a clear glassy substance consistent with crystal methamphetamine. Also found inside the bag was a glass pipe, consistent with the ingestion of crystal methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint.
When Ziegler found the meth, Browning reportedly said that she "didn't think there was anything wrong giving it to (her daughter)" to give to her mother, the complaint said.
Browning was taken to the Logan Police Department for processing and then taken to Southwestern Regional Jail. She was charged with parking in a fire lane, driving with a suspended license, possession of a controlled substance- schedule III, possession of a controlled substance - schedule II and child neglect leading to substantial risk of death/bodily injury. She was arraigned on a $60,000 10 percent cash or surety bond, which she has since posted.
Dylan Vidovich is a news reporter for HD Media. Contact him by phone at 304-896-5196 or follow him on Twitter @DVidovichLB.