Police: Muncie mom arrested after overdosing in front of 6-year-old daughter in hotel room

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Gwyn Taylor Brown

UPDATE: 

In Sept. 2017, Gwyn Brown pleaded guilty to neglect of a dependent. She was sentenced to 20 hours of community service, 2 years of probation and substance abuse evaluation.

ORIGINAL STORY: 

MUNCIE, Ind. – As Delaware County deals with an increase in drug overdoses, police arrested another Muncie mother accused of overdosing in front of a child.

The arrest of Gwyn Taylor Brown, 25, comes just days after another mother, Emily Marie Jamison, was arrested under similar circumstances.

According to court documents, Muncie police were called to a medical emergency early Thursday morning at Baymont Inn and Suites, 3400 N. Chadam Lane. A man who was with Brown “was talking extremely fast and yelling” when police arrived at the hotel. He was told to go to the hallway after officers got there.

Investigators found Brown sitting on one of the beds. She was “not speaking coherently” and couldn’t answer any questions. Police noticed a hair tie wrapped around her arm and what looked like syringe marks on her arm. She almost fell off the bed multiple times, according to court documents.

Then police noticed a 6-year-old girl sleeping in bed beside Brown. She first said she didn’t know who the girl was, but after being asked multiple times, she realized the girl was her daughter.

Police said the man with Brown told them that she “thought bugs were on her body and she was trying to squeeze things out of her eyebrow that were not there.”

Brown later admitted to police that she’d smoked marijuana and used heroin, police said. Inside the hotel room, investigators found a syringe, a spoon with residue, marijuana and a liquid that tested positive for heroin.

Brown was arrested on charges of neglect of a dependent, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of marijuana. Her daughter was placed in the custody of CPS.

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