A woman accused of leaving her child with strangers while she smoked crack is now behind bars.
Paula Ward, 49, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff Pat Melton said Ward was at the pool area of the Best Western Parkside Inn Saturday when she asked some other parents to watch her nine-year-old daughter while she went to her room to charge her phone.
When Ward hadn’t returned 45 minutes later, they called authorities.
Melton said when deputies went to Ward’s hotel room, they found her with a crack pipe and crack cocaine.
She is currently being held in the Franklin County Regional Jail on a $10,200 full cash bond.