The Cobb County Juvenile Court grants custody to Lalonie’s mother, Kim Troup.
A special appointed attorney general (SAAG), representing DFCS, argues to the court, during questioning, that there is concern about the family’s living situation, since Lalonie and Kim live together. Lalonie also lives with Irby and her 12-year-old child.
According to the DFCS case summary report, the judge interrupts the SAAG and does not allow her to finish questioning the mother.
DFCS reports, “The judge did not want to hear anything against the mother because she felt the family had it together.”
However, the court gives the explicit provision on the ruling.
“At no time will the child be left alone with the mother until further order of this court.”
The DFCS’s case summary states: “While there were no specific concerns related to Ms. Kim Troup’s ability to care for Zion, it was felt a more thorough investigation was needed due to the Child Protective Services history of the family before the department could recommend placement. The protective conditions stipulated by the judge were that the mother was to have no unsupervised contact with Zion, although the mother and maternal grandmother reside in the same home.”
At 11:08 p.m., police respond to the Steak and Shake on the East-West Connector for a DUI.
When police arrive at the restaurant, they find Lalonie passed out behind the wheel in the drive-thru.
The restaurant manager, Ashley Kramer, 31, and drive-thru attendant, Amber Thomas, 24, tell police that Lalonie entered the drive-thru to order food, but instead hear a “thud, like a crash.” When they find her, the car is still in drive and she has a lit cigarette in her hand.
Police observe immediate signs of impairment.
“Her eyes were struggling to focus, her eyelids were drooping, her speech was extremely slurred and slowed, she had difficulty maintaining focus on the line of questioning, and she appeared to be struggling to maintain consciousness at times,” the officer stated in the subsequent report.
Police ask her what she has taken and she tells the officer that she took her prescribed Adderall, but drifts off, according to police, muttering dates and times to herself—repeating herself over and over.
“Adderall… Xanax… I mean Adderall.”
She tells police that she always talks slowly and slurred.
During a search of her purse, the officer finds heroin inside folded up in a piece of white paper.
She is arrested for a DUI and possession of heroin.
According to DFCS, Zion's family remains under investigation.
“Although Zion had been placed with the maternal grandmother at the 72-hour hearing, the foster care stage remained open in SHINES,” DFCS’ child welfare information system.
The SAAG says, as part of the investigation, two home visits were attempted. The case manager talks to Lalonie on the phone, however, she states she isn’t home at the time that the case manager attempts to visit the home.
A home visit with DFCS is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 1, 2017.