March 24, 2013

Woman charged with cruelty to child, drug possession

A Key Largo woman was arrested Saturday night, charged with cruelty to a child and possessing multiple illegal substances.

When Deputy Timothy Hunsberger arrived at the Circle K store at the 106 mile marker at 10 p.m., the clerk told him 45 year old Michelle Burdick was in the parking lot, in a vehicle. He said a patron of the store was trying to keep her from leaving because she was too impaired to drive.

The clerk said she’d been in the store with a young girl. He said Burdick had been acting erratically, throwing things around.

When Deputy Hunsberger confronted Burdick, asking what she was doing, she said she was taking the child to Key Largo park to ride bikes. The child – an eight year old girl - was sitting in the passenger seat of the car. Burdick was noticeably impaired, rambling in her speech and did not make sense when she tried to explain herself.

She was found to be in possession of cocaine – both powdered and crack – Xanax, Oxycodone, numerous items of drug paraphernalia. All the drugs were within easy reach of the child as she sat in the car.  More cocaine was found hidden on her body when she was brought into the detention center for booking.

Burdick was charged with two counts possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, two counts possession of cocaine, five counts possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and smuggling contraband into a jail facility. She was booked into jail.

The child was turned over to child protective services.

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