Mother, boyfriend arrested for child endangerment at Applebee's - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Mother, boyfriend arrested for child endangerment at Applebee's

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Michelle Windgassen (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) Michelle Windgassen (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)
John W. Lewis (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections) John W. Lewis (Source: Louisville Metro Corrections)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Louisville mother and her boyfriend were arrested at Applebee's on Dixie Highway Friday night after police say they placed the life of a 3-year-old boy in danger.

According to arrest reports, officers were called to the Applebee's on Dixie Highway, near Rockford Lane, shortly after 10 p.m. on a report of two intoxicated individuals with a small child.

When police arrived, witnesses allegedly told them that 27-year-old Michelle Windgassen was passed out in the bathroom of the restaurant. Police say that when they found her, she was attempting to snort some type of narcotic which she allegedly identified as heroin. She also had a small baggie with a trace of heroin still inside, according to police.

Inside her purse, police allegedly found five Xanax bars.

Police say her boyfriend, 32-year-old John W. Lewis, was found intoxicated in the front driver's side seat of his car with a 3-year-old boy in the back seat.

According to the arrest citation, Lewis admitted that he and Windgassen had been with the boy all day, and that he had snorted heroin roughly 2-3 hours earlier, before driving to his father's house and then on to the restaurant.

The child was in the car the whole trip, according to police.

Windgassen and Lewis were both charged with public intoxication with a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor.

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