Two Nebraska residents were arrested Wednesday after they were located in a Gerald laundromat bathroom with drugs, and two children sleeping in their car.
Christina N. Crook, 36, and Fred A. Kohl, 42, each were charged in Franklin County Associate Circuit Court with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Crook also was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
The suspects are being held at the Franklin County Jail on a $25,000 bond.
According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s office, a deputy was patrolling the area when he saw an unlicensed car in the parking lot of the business.
The deputy approached the vehicle and saw a boy asleep in the backseat, and a second boy asleep in the trunk of the car. There were no adults around. The boys were ages 12 and 14.
The deputy looked inside the laundromat for adults, but did not see any. A short time later, Kohl came out from the laundromat bathroom, authorities said.
Crook was still inside the bathroom and had locked the door but exited a short time later. Prior to her exit, the deputy could hear the female tampering with the toilet.
The deputy recovered a syringe containing a clear liquid substance believed to be methamphetamine floating inside the toilet tank. Upon searching further, additional suspected meth was located in the bathroom, according to the sheriff’s office.
Crook identified herself as the mother to the juveniles asleep in the vehicle.
The children were taken into custody by the state.