By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - A Baisden resident was taken into custody Wednesday on charges of DUI with a minor child present (misdemeanor) and child neglect creating risk of injury (felony), by deputies with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department.
The criminal complaint filed in Mingo County Magistrate Court by Chief Deputy Joe Smith and Sgt. James Muncy states that Lillie Megan Rollyson, 35, was operating a 2013 Ford F-150 within the city limits of Williamson while under the influence of a controlled substance, with a juvenile under the age of 2 in the vehicle with her.
Rollyson came into the Mingo County Courthouse and was observed to be unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech, accompanied by the child, the complaint says. A three-part field sobriety test was administered to the defendant by the officers, which she allegedly was unable to successfully complete. A call was made to the Williamson Department of West Virginia Child Protective Services and the toddler was released to their custody.
Rollyson was placed under arrest on the charges brought against her and was taken to Williamson Memorial Hospital to have blood drawn for a drug toxicology screen to determine what controlled substances she had taken. The results of those tests have not been released. After being medically cleared for jail, the defendant was arraigned in magistrate court and was remanded to the custody of the Southwestern Regional Jail at Holden.
The statute states that any person who drives a vehicle in this state while he or she is under the influence of alcohol or is under the influence of any controlled substance while having one or more persons who are unemancipated minors who have not yet reached their 16th birthday, shall be found guilty of grossly neglecting a child to the point that it creates a substantial risk of serious bodily injury.
Rollyson remained incarcerated Saturday on a $7,000 bond and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in this case today in Mingo County Magistrate Court.