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.