Mother Brings Child Along To Purchase Marijuana

Memphis police say a mother took her five-year-old on a drug-deal and bad turned to worse when guns got involved.

Now, the 33-year-old mother is charged with reckless endangerment and is facing harsh criticism from other parents.

Police say Patrice Hughes and 24-year-old Myron Frazier put her little girl in the middle of a drug deal that turned into an armed robbery.

Around 2:30 Wednesday morning, cops say the pair drove to the Ridgeway Terrace Apartments to buy pot.

According to the Affidavit of Complaint “they admitted taking the child to the drug deal” and “knowingly placed the child in danger”. Records show the accused dealer “became angry and got in the back seat of the car with the 5-year-old and put a gun to the child’s head.” He then threatened to “blow her brains out if they did not give him the money.”

Cordarel Oliver stuck a gun to the little girl’s head, threatening to blow her brains out if they didn’t hand over their money

“That’s ridiculous,” said Courtney Redman who lives nearby. “Lord have mercy, how stupid can you be? Why would you want to bring your child and put your child in the midst of something like that anyway?”

As a father, he can’t imagine putting a child in harms way.

“Common sense would tell a parent that you shouldn’t have a child around any kind of drugs and alcohol any kind of way,” said Redman. “She needs a real rude awakening… You can imagine what a five-year-old was going through, she was probably terrified.”

“They should have never taken that baby if they were going to be doing crazy stuff and putting their baby’s life in danger,” said one neighbor who did not want to be identified. “They’re not good parents. They didn’t even think about their baby’s life.”

The neighbors also had a lot of ideas of what should happen to that innocent girl, but that will be up to a judge to decide. All three adults will head to court Thursday.

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