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POLICE: Mother Drives Away Drunk And Leaves Kids at Liquor Store

SPRINGFIELD -- A Springfield mom gets so drunk she leaves her children behind a liquor store. With three of her kids in the backseat of her, car police believe Kristina Springer, 39, drove to the Ooh Ooh Drive-thru intoxicated and looking for more alcohol.

"I told her she couldn't buy it because she was too intoxicated," said employee Aaron Smith. "On her way into my establishments she tried to hit my building three times."

"They were staring at me the whole time it was a gut instinct to stop her," said Kelly Miller who was behind Springer in the drive thru and saw the children.

The good samaritans were not only able to stop her car, but to pull the kids out to safety, and Springer did not resist.

"She said sorry and sped away," said Miller. "They were more than willing to come with us and the poor children told me all kinds of things. They said they were extremely scared. They just kept saying their mother was high they were cold so I turned on my heat and waited for the police."

"It's not just her that does it," said Smith. "There are numerous people who come through our establishment drunk with kids in the back. I mean there's nothing really we can do about it besides call the cops."

But what makes Springer's story so much worse, she's several months pregnant.

"I was bawling.  I was crying because my heart just goes out to those poor kids," said Miller. "I was hysterical."

Police caught up with Springer at her home and arrested her in front of her other two children. In 2012 springer was convicted of endangering children, and now she faces another 5 counts of endangering children, all felonies.

"I'm just glad I was the one that they came to instead of somebody else," said Miller. "You never know what could've happened."

Right now Springer's five kids are with their grandmother.  We were able to speak with her off-camera she tells us that her daughter Kristina doesn't need to go to jail but that she needs help for her alcohol addiction





SPRINGFIELD -- A 39-year-old mother of five is accused of driving drunk with three kids in the car, then leaving the kids behind at the drive-through.

A woman told police she saw a Chevrolet Blazer being driven erratically about 7:49 p.m. Tuesday as it approached Ooh Ooh Drive Thru on Selma Road.

The witness told police she got out of her vehicle to check on the driver, later identified as Kristina Springer of 808 Linden Avenue, Springfield. The woman said Springer appeared intoxicated and there were three children in the back seat of the Blazer. She told Springer she was calling police.

According to the report, Springer told her not to because she couldn't get into trouble.

The woman told police she thought Springer was going to drive off before police arrived so she made the decision to get the kids out of the Blazer.

Springer reportedly then drove off, saying "Sorry," and leaving the children behind. Those children, ages 7, 6 and 4, weren't wearing coats when it was 41 degrees outside.

Another witness reportedly followed the Blazer to 808 Linden Ave., where they found Springer lying on a couch with a bloody nose. Two other children of hers, ages 10 and 13, were in the home. One answered the door for police.

When asked where her other children were, Springer told police they were "with someone else" but didn't respond when asked what happened at the drive through.

She told police at one point she had drunk "one screwdriver." At another point, she said she "only" had "two screwdrivers and two vicodin." Police say she quickly recanted that statement and said she had "two screwdrivers and two klonopin." Klonopin is a sedative often prescribed for seizures.

Police drove the children to the police department, where their grandfather took temporary custody of them.

A woman approached police as Springer was being placed in the cruiser and suggested that they be careful with Springer because she was pregnant.

Springer was transported to the Clark County Jail and has been charged with five counts of endangering children, which are felonies because of a previous endangering children conviction on October 19, 2012.

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