Police: Mom left child with strangers at hotel pool to smoke crack

Police: Mom left child with strangers at hotel pool to smoke crack (Image 1)
Police: Mom left child with strangers at hotel pool to smoke crack (Image 1)

A woman faces charges after she allegedly left her nine-year-old daughter at a motel pool with strangers while she smoked crack cocaine.

Paula Ward, 49, was taken into custody over the weekend at a Best Western Hotel in Frankfort, Kentucky, just outside of Lexington, WTVQ-TV reported.

Investigators said Ward asked other people to watch her child while she went back to her room to charge her phone. It was later discovered she was inside the room smoking crack with a man. 

A pool-goer called authorities after Ward had not returned to the pool after 45 minutes.

Ward is charged with drug possession and is being held on a $10,000 bond. Additional charges are pending.

*The Associated Press and WTVQ-TV contributed to this report.

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