RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - A Kentucky mother has been arrested after officials say they found her passed out in a parking lot around midnight with her eight-year-old daughter in the backseat.
Tara Farley, 32, is now behind bars charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and alcohol intoxication. Her daughter is now in the care of social services.
Richmond police say the little girl's mother was with her, but that Farley was passed out drunk in the car. They made that discovery in the parking lot outside of Halloween City in Richmond around midnight.
A report of two suspicious men outside Kroger was the first call to police. They have been identified as Danny Peters and David Johnson, and they led officers to Halloween City's parking lot. Those two men, along with Sonny Jones, were arrested and charged with alcohol intoxication. And the story continued once they woke up Farley who police say was clearly intoxicated. She even stated to police that they had been drinking for about six hours.
"We can't have caregivers or people that are guardians passed out drunk that are in the care of an eight-year-old obviously in a parking lot, so she was arrested because of that," said Assistant Chief Robert Mott, with Richmond Police Department.
Farley's story to police was that Jones was driving her and her daughter around, and he then stopped to buy vodka at a liquor store. But police say she's in more trouble because she was a danger to herself and others and put her daughter's safety at risk by allowing someone to drive her while intoxicated.
The three men involved have since bonded out of jail, but Farley is still in jail and declined our request for an interview. Farley's family also did not want to comment.