Parents arrested for neglect after citizens report signs of impairment

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(Graphic: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man and woman were arrested Thursday after they were allegedly seen at two Nashville gas stations under the influence of drugs with their infant child.

A concerned citizen called police and reported Cassandra Degroat, 33, and James Pippin, 33, showed signs of impairment at Tiger Mart, located at 3400 West End Ave., around 10 a.m.

The couple left the store before police arrived, but officers were soon dispatched to the Mapco Mart, located at 481 Old Hickory Blvd., when a clerk called to report the couple around 11 a.m.

Degroat,Pippin and their infant were located at the store. Police reported the parents had slurred speech, were drooling and were unsteady on their feet.

According to an affidavit, Pippin told police he and Degroat had taken four or five Xanax pills from his prescription. Police seized the remaining 61 pills from Pippin, whose prescription was filled Wednesday and was missing 29 pills.

Police reported the infant was released to its grandmother as neither parent was able to care for the child in their condition. Department of Children’s Services has been notified of the arrests.

Degroat and Pippin were booked into the Metro jail. Degroat was charged with driving under the influence with a child, child neglect and driving on a revoked license. Her bond was set at $78,000.

Pippin was charged with possession of a controlled substance and child neglect. His bond was set at $27,000.

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