Mom accused of leaving infant in running car, taking shots in nightclub, police say

Samantha Vaughan, 26, was arrested after allegedly leaving her infant inside a running vehicle while taking shots inside a nightclub in Texas. (Copperas Cove Police Department)

Texas mother allegedly cursed and shouted a racial slur as she was being arrested at a bar Sunday night, an incident police say began when the 26-year-old left her infant in a running car outside the establishment while she went inside to toss back some shots.

Samantha Vaughan, 26, was discovered inside TrackSide, a nightclub in Copperas Cove, just before 2 a.m., according to local reports. Minutes before, investigators said they found her baby in the backseat of a car outside.

Officers who spotted Vaughan said they smelled “a strong odor commonly associated with the consumption of an alcoholic beverage emitting from her person," KWTX reported, citing an arrest warrant affidavit.

Vaughan allegedly told officers she was picking up her husband at the club, went to the bathroom, then “sat with him while she consumed the two shots."

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