LaShwanda Allen: Four Loko-Addled Toddler Brings Child Endangerment Charge
On the afternoon of February 21, police were dispatched to a ramshackle apartment complex on Yale near the corner of Tidwell in response to a child endangerment call. Once there, cops found a girl not yet two years old who appeared to be drunk.
According to both paramedics and cops, the child's mother, 32-year-old LaShwanda Allen, was very reluctant to allow her daughter to be transported to the hospital. Nevertheless, the child was taken and found to have a blood-alcohol level of .09, a shade over the level of legal intoxication for an adult.
Meanwhile, police spoke to Allen's roommate, who said that she had spoken to Allen in the parking lot, not in view of the home she shared with the drunken toddler and a four-month-old infant.
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Asked the whereabouts of her children, Allen allegedly told her roommate that they were in the house, and that the elder of the two was drunk.
The roommate said she went straight home and found the infant in her bedroom hanging off of her bed, tangled in the sheets, with her feet straight up in the air and her head down. The baby appeared to be turning blue, according to the report.
The drunken toddler was not in the apartment, but the next-door neighbor soon found her wandering in the parking lot, frequently falling down. That was when the roommate called for an ambulance. Meanwhile, the neighbor attempted to bring the toddler inside and sit her on the couch, but, reads the report, the toddler "kept falling over and laughing like she was drunk."
Questioned by police, Allen admitted that she had been drinking Four Loko in bed while her children slept next to her. She allegedly fell asleep, a still-partially-full can of the demon broth on the nightstand. When she awoke, the can was empty on the floor and her child was ripped.
Allen told police that she failed to call an ambulance because she feared losing her children, so instead, using the razor-sharp reasoning skills Four Loko-imbibers are known for, she decided to leave them to fend for their own while she conferred with her neighbors, who took matters into their own hands.
According to court records, this is Allen's first brush with the law in Harris County. Arrested yesterday, she was charged with state jail felony child endangerment and remains behind bars on $2000 bond.
Several states have banned Four Loko, and calls for a statewide ban in Texas have gained traction after a few high-profile incidents. Phusion, Four Loko's manufacturer, has responded by removing the caffeine from the beverage, but the high-alcohol content remains.