Police: Mom Left Child at Pool, Smoked Crack

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky sheriff says a woman left her 9-year-old daughter alone at a hotel pool while she smoked crack cocaine in a hotel room.

Paula Ward

Paula Kaye Ward has been charged with possessing a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton told The State Journal that Ward asked strangers at the Best Western hotel in Frankfort to watch her daughter while she charged her phone at about 10 p.m. Sunday.

Deputies say someone at the pool called for help 45 minutes later because Ward was still gone.

Investigators say they found her in a hotel room, smoking crack cocaine with a man.

Jail records list the 49-year-old Ward as being held on $10,000 bond. It was unclear if she had an attorney on Tuesday.

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