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NC mom ODs in Bass Pro Shops parking lot with baby in the car; both parents charged

Kelly Lourie Bennett, left and Michael Edward Ward
Kelly Lourie Bennett, left and Michael Edward Ward

A mother overdosed on drugs while her baby was in the car with her at the Bass Pro Shops parking lot in Cary on Monday, according to police.

Now, the mother and father have been arrested and charged with misdemeanor child abuse.

Kelly Lourie Bennett, 28, of Apex overdosed on narcotics after injecting herself with the drugs Monday afternoon, according to arrest records. Her 7-month-old child was also in the car, which was parked at the lot at 801 Bass Pro Lane off of Harrison Avenue.

Michael Edward Ward, 25, of Clayton is listed as the child’s father. According to arrest records, he allowed Bennett to inject herself while the child was with her.

Both parents were arrested Monday evening and charged with misdemeanor child abuse for allowing “substantial risk of physical injury” to the child.

Ward and Bennett were held in the Wake County Detention Center on Tuesday under a $10,000 bond and a $5,000 bond, respectively.

Bennett has a history of arrests in Wake County. She was arrested for assault in 2008; failure to return rental property twice in 2013; possession with intent to distribute meth precursor, conspiracy to manufacture meth and identity theft in 2015; and probation violation in 2016.

Ward also has a history of arrests in the Triangle. He was arrested for failure to work after being paid and possession with intent to distribute a meth precursor and possession of drug paraphernalia in Wake County in 2015; larceny in Durham County in 2016; probation violations in Wake County in 2016; and larceny, driving without a license and child abuse in Wake County in 2018.

Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768, @AbbieRBennett

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