Women charged after being passed out in vehicle with child

Two Oil City women are facing drug and child endangerment charges after they were found passed out in a vehicle with a 3-year-old boy in the back seat.

Franklin state police said in a criminal complaint that Heather Matthews, 36, and Nikkia Lindstrom, 33, were “passed out” in the vehicle in front of Spanky’s Tobacco on Route 257 in Cranberry Township at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

A search of the vehicle, owned by Matthews and driven by Lindstrom, revealed numerous items of suspected drugs and paraphernalia, and Matthews had two capped needles in her waistband, the complaint said.

The three-year-old boy, of whom Matthews is the legal guardian, was a passenger in the backseat without any kind of approved child safety seat and was sitting on a pile of clothes, according to the complaint.

Matthews and Lindstrom are both facing felony counts of endangering the welfare of children and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and use-possession of drug paraphernalia.

Lindstrom is also being charged with misdemeanor counts of DUI and recklessly endangering another person and summary driving violations.

Both are being held in the Venango County jail, and their preliminary hearings are scheduled Wednesday in Central Court.