Intoxicated woman charged with child abuse

Shanelle Edmonds (Halifax County Sherriff's Office)

July 1, 2010 1:46:06 PM PDT
Twenty-six-year-old Shanelle Edmonds of Roanoke Rapids was arrested Wednesday after an investigation conducted by the Halifax County Sherriff's Department.

Edmonds, the mother of small children, was reportedly approached in the parking lot of a motel after Deputy Josh Clark noticed that she was intoxicated.

It was later determined, officials report, her small children had been left unattended in a motel room that was deemed an "unhealthy environment."

The Halifax County Department of Social Services assisted Clark in removing the children from Edmond's care. Edmonds was jailed in lieu of posting a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 28.