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Clearwater police: Girl injured while mom tried to buy pot


Published:   |   Updated: July 13, 2013 at 01:30 PM

A 27-year-old Clearwater woman was charged with child neglect after her 2-year-old daughter was injured during an attempted drug transaction, Clearwater police said.

Nicole Whitfield was arrested at 8:42 p.m. Friday at 2525 Drew St. Officers said her daughter was in a nearby car while Whitfield attempted to conduct a marijuana transaction.

Once the deal went awry, the daughter ended up being dragged a short distance by a vehicle, police said. The child apparently was trying to get into the vehicle where her mother was when the vehicle began moving, police said.

The child suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mease Countryside Hospital, where Department of Children and Families officials also responded.

Her mother, meanwhile, was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.

The child was released from the hospital to the custody of relatives.

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