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Tallahassee mother arrested after deputies find crack hidden inside kid's shoes

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Posted at 6:30 PM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 14:35:11-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee mother is facing child neglect charges after deputies pulled her over for a traffic violation and discovered crack cocaine hidden inside a small pair of kid's shoes. 

Kimberly Roquemore, 31, has been arrested and faces several charges related to child abuse and possession of illegal drugs.

According to an arrest report, a Leon County Sheriff's deputy pulled Roquemore over on Sunbeam Lane for faulty equipment (missing driver's mirror) and a suspended driver's license. 

As the deputy walked up, Roquemore "immediately became belligerent" and began arguing about why she was being stopped.

Documents say that as she kept yelling, the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. The deputy also noticed two small children inside the car. The deputy then asked for Roquemore's ID, which she admitted was invalid, and she was placed into handcuffs.

When the deputy explained that he also smelled the odor of marijuana coming from the car, she explained that there was some marijuana in the car's ash tray. 

According to court documents, the deputy then searched the car and found two suspected marijuana joints inside the ash tray. During the search, the deputy also found two baggies with multiple cut pieces of crack cocaine, a digital scale, a razor blade, and an unspecified amount of cash inside a small pair of pink kid's shoes.

The shoes and all the other items were found inside an orange Nike shoe box, which was lying next to one of the children, document say. When asked about the crack cocaine inside the kid's shoes, Roquemore replied, "I don't know what you are talking about," and refused to speak. 

Based on the evidence, investigators found probable cause to charge Roquemore with possession of crack with intent to sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of cannabis, driving with a suspended license, and child neglect. 

Documents say the Department of Children and Families were contacted about the incident.