Ludington woman faces drug charges after allowing children to camp out in Walmart.

December 3, 2018

Ludington woman faces drug charges after allowing children to camp out in Walmart.


PERE MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP – A 39-year-old Ludington woman who allowed her 10-year-old daughter and another girl to camp out at the Ludington Walmart has been arrested on drug charges. 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 mother of one of the girls, the mother who had allegedly took them to the store around 2 a.m., returned to meet deputies, she 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.  

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