Boardman Police: Woman smoked pot while child cried inside

Photo from unrelated arrest in January 2017

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – A New Middletown mother is facing charges, accused of smoking marijuana outside while her son was inside crying.

Just before 11:30 p.m. Sunday, police were called to a home on Cook Avenue for a report that a child had been screaming inside for about an hour. The caller said the child’s mother was outside, smoking marijuana.

Police said when they arrived they found a woman — 25-year-old Arianna Traficant — sitting in the front seat of a vehicle in front of the building. Police said the car smelled like marijuana.

An officer reported hearing the child screaming, as if in distress. Traficant told police that the boy was inside alone but said she had only been outside for about 15 minutes.

Police said the boy — who was in a playpen — was covered in food and dirt. He was not wearing a diaper, according to a police report.

Traficant told police that she needed a break after she had been assaulted by a man, the report stated. She told police that she planned to file a protection order against the man on Monday, but she didn’t want to pursue criminal charges.

Traficant was arrested and charged with drug abuse and endangering children. The child was given to a family member.

Police said two marijuana roaches, a glass of alcohol and a prescription pill that Traficant denied belonged to her were found in the vehicle.

Traficant is due in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.