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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Old "Calgone Made Me Do It" Defense

CALVERT CITY, Ky. -- A mother charged with endangering her children says she was wandering along a western Kentucky interstate with them after snorting bath salts.

Kentucky State Police say they found a 2-year-old boy with a head injury lying on the inside edge of I-24 in Marshall County and his mother carrying a 5-year-old child in the median.

Police say 29-year-old Cynthia Palmer told officers she had been snorting bath salts and began to hallucinate while driving from the Tennessee side of Fort Campbell on Monday night. Police say she stopped and attempted to carry both children across the roadway, but dropped the younger child and left him.

The 2-year-old was taken to a hospital. The older child was taken into custody by Tennessee Social Services.

Palmer is charged with assault, wanton endangerment and public intoxication. Court records do not list an attorney for her.

Some synthetic drugs available on the Internet and in drug paraphernalia stores are marketed as "bath salts." The drugs contain a stimulant that is not controlled by the Drug Enforcement Administration but is also not approved for human consumption. Officials say the drugs mimic the effects of cocaine, ecstasy and LSD.

Kentucky lawmakers are considering legislation that would ban the sale or possession of "bath salts." The measure has passed the House and is pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee

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