Intoxicated DeFuniak mother arrested for child neglect


Lisa Copeland

Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM.


Oct. 16,  at 9:55 p.m., the Walton County Sheriff’s Office arrived at 40 W. Hibiscus Ave. in DeFuniak Springs after attempts to return a telephone call to the caller at the residence were unsuccessful.  Upon arrival, authorities found the door to the residence wide open.  A neighbor went inside and contained two large dogs while law enforcement entered the home and found a woman, later identified as Lisa Copeland, 37, unresponsive.  Her 13 year old son was also found in the residence.  They attempted to wake Copeland up but with no response.  Copeland’s son told the deputy on scene that his mother was drunk.


Law enforcement called for an ambulance to come to the house to check on Copeland.  A deputy was able to get Copeland to respond to him but she was mumbling and reaching for a bottle of alcohol close by.  EMTs arrived on scene and assessed Copeland’s condition.  She was then turned over to the deputy for arrest.  While being handcuffed, Copeland snatched away and attempted to run.  The deputy caught Copeland and quickly placed her into the patrol car.   


The Department of Children and Families was contacted and Copeland’s son was turned over to another family member.


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