Lexington Mom Charged With Losing Track of Daughter

By: Mark Kennedy Email
By: Mark Kennedy Email

A Lexington mother is in jail after police arrested her for driving under the influence.

Quickly after her arrest, 34-year old Dawn Payne called her family to tell them she didn't know where she left her 3-year old daughter.

Police say Payne was high on drugs when they found her passed out in her crashed car early Saturday morning. Payne told officers she last remembered seeing her daughter playing with a neighbor late Friday afternoon. Late Saturday, family called police to file a missing persons report.

Then, late Sunday family say they received a call from a woman who said she had the 3-year old and she was safe.

Police added on an endangering the welfare of a minor charge to Payne.


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  • by Anonymous Location: berea on Jul 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM
    I feel bad for the baby! I hope the baby is placed in a good home and has a good life. The mother on the other hand....that is up to the judges.
  • by Anom Location: ky on Jul 24, 2008 at 12:24 PM
    Sickening !! "I forgot where I left my baby.." Bet she could give you directions to the nearest drug dealer and liquor store and not bat an eye !!
  • by Paul Location: Lex on Jul 24, 2008 at 10:03 AM
    Lets see, places where sterilization has been considered an option..Nazi Germany, and Chinalead that list. You people are twisted. Jail time, if found guilty of course, mandatory parenting and substance abuse treatment yes, but sterilization, thats just plain fascist. Read some history folks.
  • by Give me a Break Location: Lexington on Jul 24, 2008 at 09:10 AM
    In responce to Mercy, "A Mistake" is transposing a number when writing a check. What this so called mother did cannot be called A MISTAKE. She made the choice to get high and forget where her child was. No one held a gun to her head and made her take the drugs. Mistakes and stupid bad choices cannot be thought of as the same thing! Even though she is out of jail now she should have been kept there to think long and hard about what her child was going through. I agree sterlization should be the legal solution for these women. Then they would not destroy another life other than their own.
  • by Mj Location: Kentucky on Jul 24, 2008 at 07:58 AM
    This could have happend anyone who drinks and drives with a child in the car. Why do you think there are not all that many posts? Too many people have been there and have been lucky enough to get home with their child in tow. I am in no way defending this woman. She will get what she deserves.
  • by kymom Location: lex on Jul 24, 2008 at 07:43 AM
    To ANONYMOUS, per your previous statement, let me correct you, we were probably already paying for this child! If this woman is on drugs this bad, I can pretty much tell you with 99.9 % certainty that we were already paying to feed this child and any others that she may have!
  • by Thelma Lou Location: Mayberry on Jul 23, 2008 at 07:53 PM
    sterilization sounds like the smartest thing you all have come up with in a while. I agree now lets get our officials to agree. don't vote for McCain.
  • by mercy Location: lexington on Jul 23, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    the mother of the little girl made a horrible mistake. she should be allowed to learn from herself explotation of substance abuse and get treatment then possibly her child back.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 23, 2008 at 02:54 PM
    This is an original idiot here and what is so sad, she'll probably get by with it and be free to do it once again! It's terrible what stupid drug addicted people do and the lengths they go to get their high. Wake up people, children have to pay for what their stupid parnets do.
  • by RIGHT WINGER on Jul 23, 2008 at 01:15 PM
    Amen to the sterilization comment! It may seem extreme, but people should be required to have a minimum IQ to have kids! It would help with overpopulation and protect innocent children from all types of abuse. I'm for a $5,000 stipend for anyone who gets sterilized. The ones who need the 5k are the ones who don't need to be raising kids. It would cost less in the long run.
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