Charges dropped against child endangerment suspect

Published 1:15 pm Tuesday, February 18, 2014

By NEAL WAGNER / Managing Editor

Felony charges have been dropped against a Pelham woman who was charged with smoking marijuana with a child in her car, and the woman will instead complete the Shelby County Drug Court program.



According to court documents filed in late December 2013, all charges were dismissed against 24-year-old Audrey Hope Lemmond, whose address listed in Alabaster at the time of her arrest, after she was ordered to report to Drug Court.

Drug Court is a program open to first-time, nonviolent offenders, and allows participants to have their criminal charges dismissed upon completion of the program.

Pelham police pulled over Audrey Hope Lemmond at about 11:40 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1 and allegedly discovered the child in the car, Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force Lt. Kevin Turner said previously.

Police arrested Lemmond and charged her with felony counts of chemical endangerment of a child where a controlled substance is produced and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

She also was charged with misdemeanor counts of second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and illegal possession of prescription drugs and traffic violations of driving with a revoked license and no child restraint in the vehicle.

As conditions of her Drug Court referral, Lemmond will be required to submit to random drug tests and report to the Shelby County Courthouse each Friday “until released from such requirement by the court.”