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Tip leads to arrest for drugs, neglect

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sandy K. Boatman
A tip from a concerned neighbor led to a Brazil resident facing allegations of child neglect.

According to Brazil Police Chief Dave Archer, authorities were notified late Saturday evening three juvenile children (all under the age of 10) were left at home alone in a local government housing project without adult supervision.

When officials arrived at approximately 11 p.m., law enforcement officers discovered drugs and various types of paraphernalia in plain view inside the home.

Unable to initially contact Sandy K. Boatman, 35, Child Protective Services were contacted to ensure the proper care and safety of the children.

However, while officials were investigating the scene, she returned home.

Taken into custody, Boatman was transported to the Clay County Justice Center around 1:30 a.m., Sunday. She was preliminarily charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana over 30 grams, possession of marijuana under 30 grams, possession of paraphernalia and neglect of a dependent.

On Tuesday, after the (48 hour) time period for officials to sign a detention warrant passed at 1:30 a.m., Boatman was released on her own recognizance and ordered to appear for formal arraignment on July 27.

After a case review by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, Boatman was formally charged with a B felony possession of methamphetamine, D felony maintaining a common nuisance, D felony possession of marijuana, three D felony charges of neglect of a dependent, an A misdemeanor possession of marijuana and an A misdemeanor charge of possession of paraphernalia late Tuesday afternoon in Clay County Superior Court.

Further information was not available due to the ongoing investigation.

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why would you let her out of jail? i think they should do random checks on all those welfare people, all they do is have 2 or 3 kids, so they can get a free ride, most of them are on drugs. take a look around your local wal mart, its scary!

-- Posted by otis66 on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 6:19 AM

I can't wait for the "hope and change" to kick in. Maybe the kids will finally get the assistance that they need.

-- Posted by Conservative Dad on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 6:46 AM

I think she looks fairly happy for just having lost custody of her kids and being arrested on drug charges????

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 7:42 AM

not all people on wefare are a like , So don't pass judgement on innocent people that have hard times, This so-called woman needs to be looked at as sick, I'm not saying that she was right in any manner , The children are the ones who suffer , I'm glad no harm has came to the children, I hope they are placed in a good home, But not all foster homes are safe either

-- Posted by illinoisgirl on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 9:00 AM

The victims here are the children. We should all keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Kudos to whoever tipped police that the children were left unattended. They could have become victims of something more tragic.

-- Posted by dana67 on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 9:37 AM

Three cheers for the tipster. if more people would take the time to help the police,these violators would be brought to justice. let us hope that the children will now get the proper guidance that they should have. this is not the correct environment,for children.drug usage effects us all.report any child neglect cases to proper authorities.this is another sad story involving drugs.

-- Posted by checkmate on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 10:14 AM

can we say stereotyping otis66?

i for one have 5 wonderful kids and have never once been on welfare and those of us who really care for our kids know right from wrong and know that getting high is a risk not worth taking at the chance of losing them......its called growing up and being responsible.....maybe you should try the growing up part and not stereotype

God bless those children hopefully they will learn from their mothers mistake

-- Posted by mrandmrstraver on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 10:40 AM

This lady was turned in several months ago to child protective services for neglet of a child. Drug abuse and neglect on the child was obvious at that time but NOTHING was done. NO ONE would listen! The damage has been done to these children, I hope they recover and can return to the foster care house they were at last year at this time! Thanks to the caring neighbor!

-- Posted by animal supporter on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 10:47 AM

How about we investigate Clay County DFS (Welfare)

for child neglect and endangerment. Why is'nt there drug screening required for these people to get their kids back and maintain them afterward. Why don't these college educated social workers drink from the well oh common sense?

-- Posted by reddevil on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 11:13 AM

Otis66, just because some of the people on welfare are on drugs and do things like this woman does not mean they all do! I have two kids and I am on housing and I am almost done with my college so I can start supporting myself and my children. I don't know where we would have gone if it wasn't for assistance but I went to college so I wouldn't have to be on it for life. I also don't do drugs, I'm not an alcoholic, and I am with my kids all the time except for school!

Also,I have contacted CPS before about kids that were in severely bad situations and they don't ever do anything about it. They need to pay more attention to these kids before something tragic happens!

-- Posted by SKCC on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 11:30 AM

Do you guys know how tightly the CPS workers' hands are tied when it comes to dealing with this sort of thing? There aren't enough foster homes in the world to take every kid whose parents abuse drugs and alcohol. They are also told to do whatever it takes to keep families together if at all possible and that includes making sure that when they "use" the kids are not under their care. Can you imagine a person who works around the clock to help kids being told that? CPS workers get called out at all hours by law enforcement to deal with this and have instant homes ready when some times there just aren't.

CPS workers aren't millionaires and the governor has shortened their allowed report time while making several unofficial staffing cuts to an already overworked department [like not filling open positions and having supervisors spread over multiple counties instead of one per office].

If you encounter one who seems uncaring, it is likely due to lack of sleep or burn out.

They work with law enforcement but they do not have any power to arrest anyone themselves...Give 'em a break.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 11:57 AM

Kudos to the concerned neighbor!!!

Good for you SKCC for working on improving not only your life but your childrens lives. Unfortunately people like you are far a few between, most people live their entire life milking the system and that's what gives people that use government assistance a bad rap. You must be very proud of yourself for what you are accomplishing, if you haven't done it yet, pat yourself on the back.

You do have a point Otis66, unfortunately the system is not monitored as it should be, think of the money that could be saved. The sad thing is, the children will be put right back in that mess. The system has too many bleeding hearts, too many smacks on the hand instead of punishment. Even children will do wrong over and over if they know all they will get is a smack on the hand.

Sure she's happy, she gets an opportunity do do it again.

-- Posted by Inqtono15 on Thu, Jul 16, 2009, at 1:02 PM

What a horrible woman! I won't call her a "mother", FAR from it! Yes, the damage has indeed been done to these poor kids. Thank heaven none of them ingested the meth that was lying around in plain view!!! She should NOT get her children back and should be banned from ANY government monies in the future! Including TAX REFUNDS and/or social security for the rest of her miserable existance. Once they do this they should have to REPAY the taxpayers and WORK for a living until they are dead. NO future govt monies period.

-- Posted by babydog on Mon, Jul 20, 2009, at 8:01 AM

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