Crackhead mom leaves toddler in snow for hours

Trisha Sperry (Photo Credit: Westmoreland County Prison)
Trisha Sperry (Photo Credit: Westmoreland County Prison)

There is another story of a parent making poor decision when it comes to caring for their child and doing drugs. This time the story is of a mother in Pennsylvania who endangered her child during a crack binge. Police say Trisha Sperry, 23, of Jeanette, Pennsylvania has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and drug possession in an incident that occurred earlier this week. It was a cold and windy night with falling snow when Elizabeth Scherff, who was visiting a friend in the neighborhood, saw a disturbing sight. A 23-month-old boy was crying and knocking on a door around 1:30 a.m. When she went to aid the child, she noticed he was shivering and his clothes were wet. She went to the door of the home and saw a woman passed out on the floor. When she knocked, Perry came to the door looking groggy and disoriented.

Scherff felt the woman was not able to look after the child and took the boy to her friend’s nearby house. The friend who knew the mother stated, “I got shoes on and ran to the house where the mother lives. I asked her if she knew what was going on; she had no clue. I told her that her son was at my house. When I came back over, I changed him out of his wet clothes into warm pajamas (and) wrapped him up in a blanket. We waited about 10 minutes to see if the mother was going to come and get her son. My fiancé and I called 911.”

When police arrived and spoke to Perry, they noticed that she appeared confused, with glassy eyes, possibly under the influence of an unknown substance.

Sperry had on her jacket and was carrying a purse when she spoke to the officer, who made the decision to arrest the woman. When Sperry’s purse was searched, police found crack cocaine, four round blue pills, Xanax bars, suspected marijuana, an aluminum bowl used for smoking marijuana, orange tablets, a package of Suboxone and a package of suspected heroin. She was taken into custody and Family and Children Services were notified as well as Sperry’s mother. The child is currently with his grandmother and Sperry is jailed at the Westmoreland County Prison unable to post bail.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.



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