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Mother charged with smoking crack in car with children

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A mother is charged after police say she purchased and smoked crack with her three children in the car in York County Monday night.

Misty Ann Wheaton, 32 of York County, is accused of smoking crack cocaine in the Quick-E-Mart parking lot on North Main Street in Clover. Police say Wheaton's children - ages four, seven and eleven - were in the car when she smoked the drug. 

Around 10 p.m., a person called police and said they believed a woman, later identified as Wheaton, was smoking crack. 

WBTV tracked down a woman who said she witnessed Wheaton smoking next to her in the parking lot. She asked not to be identified.

“I couldn’t tell exactly what it was, but I knew it wasn’t a cigarette or anything like that. It was some kind of pipe that I seen her light up and smoke multiple times,” the woman said.

Clover police were immediately called to the store.

The woman said Wheaton drove away from the parking lot before the police arrived, but returned just a few minutes later while the officers were searching for her.

Officers approached Wheaton's car and said she "appeared to be messing with something in her lap." At that point, the three children were sitting outside of the car. 

Clover Police Lt. Tanner Davis said the children were witnesses to lots of illegal activity.

“They were present at the time the narcotics were purchased, through the present, during the use of it, and at the time of their mother’s arrest,” Davis said.

One of the children later told police they had to get out of the car because the smell of the smoke hurt their eyes.

When the officer made contact with the woman, they said she put something toward the center of the car and had a "white rock like substance" in her lap. She brushed it off and dropped something in the cup holder, police say. Wheaton, after giving consent to search her vehicle and a fake name, was arrested. 

The woman who called police stayed with the children while police searched the car. She said it was heartbreaking having to watch the children witness their mother’s arrest.

“The young middle girl, she clung to me and would not let me go. She said ‘I’m so scared, I don’t know what’s going to happen, I just want my mommy to be okay,’” the witness said.

A metal pipe filled with crack cocaine appeared to be in the center cup holder, according to the police report. The children told police they were with their mother when she purchased the crack.

One child said their mom was "putting the white crumbly stuff in tinfoil and smoking it," according to the police report. 

One child said their mother was confused while driving and drove up a sidewalk. 

“The boy, he was like, 'Mom was scaring me when she was driving. She was running off the road,' and he said 'the only thing I knew what to do was tell the girls to put their seatbelt on,'” said the woman who called police.

The Department of Social Services placed the children in the custody of their aunt in York County.

Wheaton is charged with three counts of unlawful conduct towards a child, possession of crack cocaine, DUS, habitual offender and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wheaton was also served outstanding warrants for failure to pay a fine and tag registered to another vehicle. She was taken to the Moss Justice Center under a $36,000 bond. 

She remained in jail as of Tuesday afternoon.

A man answered the door at Wheaton's last known address and identified himself as the children's' father. He would only say that he was not around and was crushed to learn what Wheaton is accused of doing in front of the kids. 

His relationship to Wheaton is unclear, but he said he would be trying to get his children back.

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