Woman charged after child allegedly found in car with 20 uncapped needles

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police have arrested a woman after officials say several uncapped needles, an open container of alcohol and a 2-year-old child were found in the same car.

Kristen Nakayama, 26, was arrested Tuesday in the area of Roy Wilkins Avenue and Magazine Street after a traffic stop.

According to an arrest report, an officer observed a vehicle traveling south on Roy Wilkins Avenue with canceled tags.

Police say Nakayama was the vehicle's owner and was not able to provide proof of insurance or a valid driver's license.

Authorities say an officer also saw various needle caps and "tie offs" on the vehicle's floorboard. An open bottle of Jim Beam was also found in the floorboard of the front passenger seat.

Nakayama told police there were needles in the vehicle. A search was conducted and more than 20 uncapped needles were found in the car. Police say some of the needles were found in the backseat of the car where a 2-year-old boy was sitting.

Police say Nakayama is not the child's mother.

Nakayama is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, not having an operator's license and failure to maintain required insurance.

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