PIQUA — A woman was found unresponsive in a bathroom after allegedly huffing air duster while a child slept nearby in the residence this week.
Brandy R. McClellan, 25, of Piqua, was charged with first-degree misdemeanor child endangering and fifth-degree felony abusing harmful intoxicants in connection with this incident. She was arraigned on those charges Tuesday morning.
The incident took place on the 400 block of North Main Street on Monday night. According to Miami County Municipal Court records, a landlord contacted police after having a meeting scheduled with McClellan to sign a lease agreement and finding the child seemingly alone in the residence. The landlord was not able to contact McClellan, but police later reportedly found her in a bathroom.
A squad responded to the scene. According to reports, McClellan was found with a 10-ounce can of Ultra Duster Industrial Strength. While on scene after she became responsive, McClellan claimed she was having an asthma attack and denied doing anything wrong.
McClellan was taken to Upper Valley Medical Center for further treatment. The child, who is reportedly less than a year old, was taken into the care of relatives.
McClellan has been convicted of abusing harmful intoxicants in Miami County in August 2012 and January of this year, as well as in Montgomery County in January 2015.
McClellan is currently being held at the Miami County Jail on $4,000 bond.
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