STOCKBRIDGE — Seven children found in the back of a vehicle driven by an allegedly intoxicated woman were covered in marijuana, said Henry County police.
New information about the traffic stop that led to the arrests of Krystal Tierra Griffis, 30, of Jonesboro and her boyfriend, Darius Antonio Edwards, 27, was revealed in an incident report obtained by Henry Daily Herald.
Some of the children belonged to Griffis and the others to Edwards, said police, and were taken into custody by Henry County Department of Family and Children’s Services, according to the report. None were reported injured.
Griffis was arrested after she was stopped by a police conducting a road safety check May 24 about 2:18 a.m. at the exit 224 ramp from I-75 in Stockbridge. Henry County police HEAT Officer T.R. Williams said Griffis was under the influence of alcohol and allegedly admitted to drinking hours earlier at a barbecue.
Edwards was in the passenger seat and seven kids under 12, including a 10-month-old, were in various places throughout the vehicle but none were secured, said Williams. Three children were sitting in the cargo area, he said. The baby was in a car seat but was not secured and the seat was not fastened to the vehicle, he said.
Police said the children had loose marijuana in their hair and clothes.
“It appeared that Mr. Edwards or Ms. Griffis attempted to throw the marijuana out the window but it had blown back into the vehicle, covering the children,” K-9 Officer N. Jackson stated in the report.
Williams said Griffis gave him the wrong name and date of birth because her license has been suspended for non-payment of child support. She also pulled her shirt and bra outward to expose herself to him, possibly in an effort to show she was not hiding marijuana, he said.
Griffis reportedly told police she was driving Edwards home from a barbecue. Both were charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.
Griffis was charged with DUI, seven counts of child endangerment by DUI, three counts of seatbelt and four counts of child safety restraint violations and giving a false name and date of birth to police. She has posted an $18,588 bond and has been released from Henry County Jail, according to records.
Edwards is being held on $800 bond for the drug charge.