Officer Notices Parked Car Near Car Wash, Investigates, Makes Disturbing Find

In North Carolina Officer O.M. Szentpaly arrested a couple found at gas station parking lot.

“When she pulled in she noticed that both the driver and passenger’s heads were looking down,” said Capt. Melonie Thompson. “When she came back out and looked at the car again, she noticed that the driver’s head she could not see and the passenger was still looking down, so she decided to investigate further.”

She decided to go take a look and found the couple, identified as 27-year-old Jessie Lee Hastings, and her husband, 31-year-old David Wayne Hastings.

David found passed out holding the needle that was still pressed into his left arm, according to the police report. The wife Jessie, was also passed out. But here comes the bad part… Szentpaly then noticed a young child in a car seat in the back of the car.

The poor kid was “wet with sweat.” The officer reported that the air conditioning in the couple’s car was not working and that all of the windows were rolled up.

“Both of the parents were in the front seat, one of them had an injection needle still in her arm,” Thompson added. “The child was in the back seat, a young toddler about 3 years old. The child was sweating profusely because it was so hot outside. The windows were down but the child was crying and trying to kick the back of the seat to wake the parents up, which was very disturbing.”

The child was removed from the car and placed in the police officer’s car and later placed with a family member, according to WJZY. The parents were both charged with drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse. Bail was set at $15,000 each.

The duo was also arrested in May for stealing items from Wal-Mart, then trying to return them for money.

Sources: WBTV, WJZY