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Landis mother charged after toddler's apparent overdose

Shannon Clement was charged after her 20-month-old child allegedly overdosed on pills. (Source:WBTV) Shannon Clement was charged after her 20-month-old child allegedly overdosed on pills. (Source:WBTV)
Clement's daughter.  Picture provided by family. Clement's daughter. Picture provided by family.
Shannon Clement and daughter.  Picture provided by family. Shannon Clement and daughter. Picture provided by family.
LANDIS, NC (WBTV) -

Police have charged a Landis mother after they say her 20-month-old child overdosed on pills.

Landis police said a family friend found Shannon Clement, 26, asleep in bed with her child at a home on S. Beaver Street in Landis. Officers said the friend found pills in the bed where the two were sleeping and called 911.

Police said the caller told dispatchers the child was unconscious, limp, with purple lips and “white stuff all over her face.” Officers said the child could be heard gasping for air in the background of the 911 call.

“They walked out the front door and one of the men, he had the little in his hands like this and her little arm was just hanging," neighbor Barbara Coe said. “It’s just the sweetest little baby in the world and I never had any confrontations whatsoever with the woman and it just grieved my heart to know what those children were living in.”

The Landis Fire Department, Rowan County EMS, and the Landis Police Department all responded to the scene. Police said the child was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for an overdose. They said the child is expected to make a full recovery.

Officers said Clement was charged with one count of Felony Child Abuse by Neglect, one count of Felony Maintaining a Dwelling for Controlled Substances, two counts of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance, one count of Possession of a Schedule IV Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Clement is in the Rowan County jail under a $90,000 secured bond, according to police.

Friends who were at Clement's house on Thursday defended the young woman, saying that she simply made a mistake.

“She is a very good person and people are just making her to be like she did this on purpose," one friend, who did not want to be identified, said. “Every parent makes some kind of mistake with their children in their life.”

“She’s just a really good mom and she would never intentionally hurt her kids, I mean her kids are her world and she would do anything for them, I know she would," a second friend added. “And she’s a good person, this happened, it was an accident, accidents happen, you know, and it’s just not fair because she’s not a bad mom, she’s a really good one.”

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