Ludington woman who left children at Walmart overnight is arraigned.
LUDINGTON – The woman who allowed her 10-year-old daughter and another girl to camp out at the Ludington Walmart, 4854 W. US 10, Pere Marquette Township, early Saturday morning, has been arraigned in 79th District Court.
Xaviera Stockwell, 39, of507 Sixth Street, was charged with controlled substance possession. According to Sheriff Kim Cole, she was in possession of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
Mason County sheriff’s deputies were called to the store at 6:49 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, for a reported “suspicious situation,” according to Sheriff Kim Cole.
Deputies were advised by Walmart employees of two young girls who were reportedly found “camping” inside the store’s clothing section and when approached the girls fled on foot, Cole said. “One of the girls had left a cell phone behind which led deputies to one of the mothers. Deputies learned the girls were each 10 years-old and were taking part in a challenge posted to social media where people allegedly sleep inside large stores.”
Cole said when the Stockwell, who is the mother of one of the girls, allegedly took them to the store around 2 a.m.. She returned to meet deputies following the complaint and was reportedly found to have heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine on her. She was arrested at the scene facing charges of possession of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine.
A deputy located the girls shortly before 8 a.m. walking on Sixth Street near Pere Marquette Hwy, over one mile away from the store.
Bond was set at 10% of $5,000 and a preliminary examination is scheduled in court for 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 12.
Stockwell has an extensive criminal record. According to archives of MCP, in September 2014, she was found guilty in Mason County’s 51st Circuit Court of two counts of jail prisoner in possession of contraband. She was sentenced to a one-year jail sentence and ordered to serve five months up front. Plus she was sentenced to a minimum of 45 days inpatient treatment after 90 days in jail; two years probation.
In August 2014, her probation was revoked by the circuit court for violating the terms of her probation. She was sentenced to 30 days to five years in prison. In May 2014, she was found guilty in 79th District Court for controlled substance, possession of marijuana and was sentenced to 17 days in jail along with one year discretionary jail for two years; subject to random drugs tests two times a week. She was also ordered to cooperate with Child Protective Services and a substance abuse evaluation. She had also been sentenced in 2013 for marijuana possession charges.
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