It’s one of those sad, sad stories about how too many American families are caught at the bottom of the economic totem pole and they turn to illegal drugs.
Carson City Sheriff’s Deputies report that a couple from Dayton were pulled over near College Parkway and Roop. Their vehicle had expired temporary license plates. When deputies pulled Christina and Jaime Leon over deputies knew that they were looking at another tragic family on wheels. In addition to mom and dad in the front seat, there were three children in the back ranging in age from 2 to 13. Two of them were not secured in a safety seat.
Deputies say they discovered rotten food inside the car, along with mold growing on it. Dirty diapers from the two year old were scattered about. Spoiled milk in a bottle – some of it possibly baby formula. Trash, water bottles and clothing were also strewn about the back seat area. There were unsecured tools inside the passenger area which, deputies say could have become deadly projectiles for mom, dad and the kids should they get into a traffic crash. Deputies say the younger of the three children wore dirty clothes and looked like they hadn’t taken a bath in a while.
Deputies continued the car search and they quickly found methamphetamine that was concealed inside a phone wallet.
Deputies contacted Child Protective Services and summoned personnel to the scene. After surveying the situation all three children were taken in to protective custody. Parents Jaime and Christina Leon were cuffed and transported to the Carson City Jail. Deputies say they were booked on charges of Child Neglect, Child Endangerment, Possession of Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.