Couple arrested on child cruelty, drug charges
WALKER - Police arrested a couple on drug and child cruelty charges after investigators said the pair was found passed out in their truck at a traffic signal with their 2-year-old boy in the back seat.
Walker police said they got a call Monday afternoon from a motorist who said they had been passed by a pickup which was being driven very erratically. A patrol officer said they were soon passed by the same pickup, and they followed the vehicle until it came to a stop at the intersection of Walker North Road and Florida Blvd.
When the light turned green police said the truck remained stopped, so officers got out of their cars to check on the occupants. Inside police said they found driver Cory Norris, 31, and passenger Latisha Walker, 45, sound asleep with their child in the back seat.
Police said the couple woke up when an officer knocked on the truck's window, and Norris stuffed a small cellophane bag containing a white crystalline substance into his mouth and tried to swallow it. Officers said they tried to stop Norris from swallowing the bag, and when they pulled him from the truck Norris grabbed a used syringe and stabbed an officer with it several times, then bit an officer's hand.
Norris would not tell the arresting officers what the bag contained, but told police it contained an amount of a controlled substance that would kill him before he could be jailed. After Norris was handcuffed, Walker police searched the truck and found quantities of alprazolam and methadone. He was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.
Police said Walker also admitted to police that she had consumed methadone, for which she did not have a prescription, earlier that day and was visibly impaired.
The Livingston Parish Office of Child Services was contacted and took custody of the child after a review of officer's report of the incident.
Walker was booked into Livingston Parish Detention Center on charges of possession of schedule II CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia and cruelty to a juvenile. Police said other drug charges are expected.
After his discharge from the hospital, Norris was also booked into Livingston Parish Detention Center on charges of possession and distribution of a schedule II CDS, possession of a schedule IV CDS, possession of drug paraphernalia, cruelty to a juvenile, obstruction of justice, two counts of resisting an officer by force or violence, aggravated battery on a police officer and aggravated obstruction of a highway or commerce. Like Walker, additional drug charged are expected to be added against Norris.