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Police: Woman in chase had baby in back seat

Blessing

A woman who told police she is pregnant is accused of smoking meth before leading state police on a short chase with her 1-year-old in the back seat and a loaded gun in the front.

A trooper tried to stop a Mercedes-Benz in Angola about 2 a.m. Friday regarding what Indiana State Police describe as multiple traffic violations. The car pulled into the Walmart store lot and then took off north on Wayne Street, according to a statement issued by state police.

After about two miles, Heather Amber-Mae Blessing, 20, of Ann Arbor, Mich., lost control of the car, which went off Steuben County Road 400 North and got stuck in the snow, state police said.

Officers later saw that her 1-year-old son was in the back. He was placed into protective custody by the Division of Child Services.

State police reported that a stolen and loaded 9 mm handgun was found on the front passenger side floorboard.

With help from a drug recognition expert from the Angola Police Department, the trooper reported that Blessing, who claimed to be 19 weeks pregnant, had been smoking meth hours before she was seen driving.

Following an examination at Cameron Hospital, she was jailed without bond on the following preliminary charges -- neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement, operating while intoxicated with a passenger less than 18 years of age, felony operating while intoxicated, possession of stolen property and driving while suspended.

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