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Police: Mother left two children unattended to drink on New Year’s Day

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Updated: 1/03 10:30 am
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (Palm Beach Post) -- While Jennifer Grooms celebrated New Year’s Day with drinks at a local restaurant, she left her two young children at home alone, city police said.

Police arrested the 29-year-old suburban Palm Beach Gardens woman on charges that included child abuse, disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence.

She was released under court-ordered supervision Thursday.

Police were called Wednesday night to Vic & Angelo’s, a restaurant on PGA Boulevard west of Interstate 95, after Grooms allegedly argued with a valet who refused to give her her keys.

Grooms appeared to be unsteady on her feet, her speech was slurred and she had the smell of alcohol on her breath, according to a police probable-cause affidavit made public Thursday. She reportedly told officers that she was “a bit tipsy” from a few glasses of wine but was OK to drive.

The officer offered to call a taxi or someone Grooms knew. Grooms refused and told the officer it was his job to drive her home, the report said. She then told him that her children, ages 10 and 6, were home alone.

The officer explained he could not drive her home and asked Grooms again if he could call a cab. She refused and demanded her car keys.

The officer asked Grooms if she could afford a cab — and if she didn’t have cab fare, how she was able to buy drinks at the restaurant.

“Look at me. I don’t need money,” Grooms reportedly told the officer.

She demanded her car keys. The officer retrieved them from the valet and gave them to her, but warned that she would subject to arrest if she attempted to drive.

She began to walk to the parking lot and used her key to unlock the door remotely. The officer stopped her and again told her not to drive. Grooms became belligerent and challenged the officer to arrest her, the affidavit said. She was then arrested for disorderly conduct.

Grooms wrestled with the officer for several minutes as he tried to handcuff her, the affidavit said. She was taken to Gardens Medical Center for medical clearance.

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to Grooms’ apartment to confirm whether any children were there and found the two children without adult supervision.

The children were later turned over to the custody of an unidentified relative, and the Department of Children and Families was notified.
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dixxi - 1/3/2014 8:08 PM
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he could have just as easily hit her stupid ass with the tazer & cuffed the B itch in the backseat & hauled her sorry ass to jail within a few seconds.

dixxi - 1/3/2014 8:07 PM
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he could have just as easily hit her stupid ass with the tazer & cuffed the B itch in the backseat & hauled her sorry ass to jail within a few seconds.

dixxi - 1/3/2014 8:04 PM
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why did it take him several minutes to wrestle with a hot fiesty drunk chick? lol

nativejax - 1/3/2014 6:22 PM
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"We worry so much about 'insignificant' cases like this"...What a ignorant statement...and it got 2 votes!!!! Had her drunk ass killed someone in your family driving on her way home, would this still be INSIGNIFICANT? If the 2 MINOR children had perished in a house fire, would this still be INSIGNIFICANT? I guess any excuse will do to justify IRRESPONSIBILITY..until something really bad happens.

shirleyminner - 1/3/2014 5:31 PM
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Realchange - 1/3/2014 4:33 PM
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If she's to drunk to drive then should asked them are you going give me a "complementary cab"? "Is one you going drive me?" Not try to get in the car then kill someone 5 miles down the road. Yes mothers need to un-wind sometimes. Yes she probably couldn't afford a good baby sitter. Not sure what the solution is in that kind case. She also should know how a police officer can escalate or de-escalate a situation as they see fit. If she had any sense should told them I will get my car back tomorrow. BTW gentlemen what are you names? Why? So I can call my outstate family give them your names and tell them I got hitchhike home now and hope I make it. That would put the ball back in the officer and restaurants employees to make sure she didn't get murdered on the way home.

king kaos - 1/3/2014 3:08 PM
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She is obviously a complete idiot and an ahole to boot... that being said it really is a case by case on the kids and how mature they are. At 10 alot of kids are babysitting for side money so what in the world is the big deal with this setup? Maybe they forgot part of the story like "mom gets arrested when shes found drunk at the bar after kids, 2 and 4, light neighboorhood on fire". This is absurd, but MSM has to point out how bad the other side is any chance they get... makes them look petty and stupid as it should.

Always Right - 1/3/2014 2:17 PM
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We worry sooooo much about such insignificant cases like this. Yet, kids are beaten to death and "authorities" do nothing. On the scale of things, this woman did not do anything all that bad. I suggest a re-adjustment of priorities.

imtellin - 1/3/2014 1:52 PM
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well she'll have a lot less money now that she needs to hire an attorney.. intelligence on a scale you simply cannot fathom !!! what a genius !!!

FlSunRise87 - 1/3/2014 11:41 AM
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..i walked myself to kindergraten and school at 5, if adults in this town wouldnt raise nothing but trash maybe ud have more responsible children and more responsible parents, js
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