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Mom busted with toddler, gun in car

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 state trooper tried to stop a Mercedes-Benz in Angola about 2 a.m. Friday for what Indiana State Police describe as multiple traffic violations. The car pulled into the Wal-Mart store lot and then took off north on Wayne Street, according to 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 of the car. He was placed into protective custody by the Department 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.

After an examination at Cameron Hospital, she was jailed without bond on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent, resisting law enforcement, operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger under 18 years of age, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, possession of stolen property and driving with a suspended license.

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