EAST ALTON, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A woman charged with child endangerment in September after her 2-year-old child was found wandering the street is now facing charges for driving under the influence with a suspended license.
Krystal J. Rushing, 25, from East Alton, Illinois, was charged Monday in the Madison County Circuit Court. The circumstances of the incident allowed her charge to be upgraded to a felony offense.
Police said on October 12, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of East Airline Drive and North 9th Street in East Alton in reference to a 2-year-old child walking in the roadway.
Deputies met with the witness who located the child. The subject told deputies he found the child walking in the road wearing only a soiled diaper and shirt.
Officers said the child pointed to a home on Fern Lane and said, “mommy.”
The officers went to the home and found the child’s father, 28-year-old Nathan Woods, inside the house sleeping.
Woods told the deputies he did not know the child was missing and assumed the child was with Rushing.
The couple’s second child, a 1-year-old, was also found inside the residence during the investigation.
Deputies said the interior of the home was in very poor condition and smelled of urine. The Department of Child and Family Services was contacted and the children were placed in protective custody.
Woods was arrested on two misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and transported to the Madison County Jail.
While deputies were conducting an investigation, they received an anonymous report of an intoxicated driver.
Officers said a vehicle matching that description then pulled into the driveway of the home on Fern Lane, where they had just arrested Woods.
Police identified the driver as Rushing. Authorities determined she was under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. They arrested her after she failed a field sobriety test.
Deputies located a small amount of cannabis and a pipe in Rushing’s vehicle. She submitted to a blood test and was transported to the Madison County Jail, where she was held.
Authorities later determined Rushing’s driving license was suspended. She was unable to provide proof of insurance, which allowed her charges to be upgraded to a felony offense.
Rushing was previously charged with two counts of child endangerment and unlawful possession of cannabis on September 2 because the same 2-year-old child was found walking in the roadway.
Rushing’s bond has been set at $15,000. Woods remains in custody on the charges of child endangerment with a $300 cash bond.