EXCLUSIVE: Allegedly Drugged Out Mom Leaves Infant Inside Car Outside of Grove CVS, Charged with Child Endangerment.
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
An allegedly drugged out Danville women was charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child after allegedly leaving her baby in a car for a long period of time while she shopped inside of a Selinsgrove CVS on October 23rd, according to police.
Christine Renee Ahlum, 32, allegedly left her 6 month year old child inside the car while she went into CVS at 1000 N Market St in Selinsgrove. A crowd of people gathered around her car and then watched as Ahlum tried to go into other cars that did not belong to her, according to police.
The store manager called the police. Here is what the police report said:
“(CVS Manager) informed me that a black ford SUV…was the vehicle in which the infant was left. (CVS Manager) further informed me that a group of people were forming around the car and the female who was driving it came out and attempted to get in a similar vehicle that was not hers than secured her infant and went back into the store W(CVS Manager) stated that he informed the female that the police were called and she was waiting near the door for me. I asked (CVS Manager) to have her come outside to help avoid any incident within the store the female came outside in which I identified myself as a Pennsylvania state trooper and the nature of my investigation the female identified herself as Christine Renee Ahlum of Danville PA …Her child who is the victim in this incident is a known 6 month old,” read the criminal complaint.
The officer claimed that Ahlum showed signs of being on drugs.
“..her actions throughout to be sluggish, her speech to be stammered, and her eyes to appear to have tremors,” read the criminal complaint.
Ahlum allegedly told police she last did meth “about a month ago,” but police tested Ahlum for drugs and Clonazolam and Benzodiazepine were found, according to police.
In addition to Child Endangerment, Ahlum was charged with Reckless Driving, along with other charges.
Selinsgrove has been trying to deal with a serious drug issue.
A day after an Orange Street News investigation revealed a shocking rise in heavy drugs like heroin inside of Selinsgrove High School, Superintendent Chad Cohrs acknowledged just how big of a drug problem is confronting the school in a letter to parents asking for the public’s help.
“The Selinsgrove Area has been experiencing a marked increase in drug activity which is impacting our students,” read the letter. “While drug and alcohol usage is not something new, the frequency and types of drugs we are seeing is cause for increased concern. The use of prescription medications such as Xanax, Vicodin, and Oxycodone are on the rise. Use of other street drugs, such as heroin, are also increasing.”
A hearing will be held on 12/20 at 10:45 at 1025 us Rt 522 in Selinsgrove.