Police have arrested a 31-year-old Wyoming woman suspected of throwing her 2-month-old daughter into a ditch near a Cheyenne truck stop, causing serious injuries.
Cheyenne police said Lillian Jeffrey was arrested early Saturday morning for alleged child abuse and child endangerment. Officers suspect she may have been high on drugs at the time of the incident.
“We are looking at the involvement of narcotics as a factor in it,” said Officer Keith Malatesta, spokesman for the Cheyenne Police Department. “The mother was making nonsensical statements when officers arrived. We can’t establish a motive at this time but it is something we are looking at. We are trying to figure out what led to this.”
Officers responded to a suspicious activity call at about 1:15 a.m. at a Love’s Travel Stop service station. Police said Jeffrey was in the driver’s seat of a vehicle, acting erratically. The windows were down with two car seats in the vehicle but only one child present.
The baby was found injured in a ditch and taken to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, where she was airlifted to a Colorado hospital for further treatment.
An update on the girl’s condition was not available.
“I don’t know the extent of (the injuries),” Malatesta said. “Serious enough that the child had to be life flighted from Cheyenne to Denver.”
Authorities say it’s uncertain how long the infant had been outside on a night when temperatures were in the low 40s.
The other child in the car, a 4-year-old, was not injured and was taken into protective custody. The car itself was dirty, Malatesta said, and was full of diapers and other items.
“It appears that child wasn’t being cared for at that moment,” he said.
It was unknown if Jeffrey had an attorney.