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Accused Pot Mom Denies Endangering Kids

Police claim women smoked marijuana beside children

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    Accused Pot Mom Denies Endangering Kids
    18-year-old Destiny Degrate

    In a jailhouse interview Friday one of the two women accused of smoking marijuana beside their children Wednesday denied it. 

    Destiny Degrate, 18, admits smoking marijuana with her father's sister Ebony Woods.  But Degrate claims their children were not present at the time. 

    Police said they caught the women in the act, with their children present.

    "Two women were in the apartment, smoking marijuana," said Dallas Police Senior Corporal Janice Crowther. "One was even holding a newborn baby while the other two babies, ages 1 and 2, were just sitting on the floor." 

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    Police said officers were called to Woods' apartment in the 3700 block of Legendary Lane near U.S. 67 and Polk Street on Wednesday around 11 a.m. after neighbor complainted about smelling drugs at the apartment.  

    Police reports indicate the women cursed the officers and did not hide the marijuana. 

     "They got irrate and they actually called 911 to report the officers being in their apartment," Crowther said.

    But Degrate said she is not a drug user and the incident unfairly taints her devotion as a mother.

    "My kids are my heart, I promise you I'm not no bad momma," Degrate said from behind bars Friday.  "This is not my lifestyle, I ain't never been in jail."

    Degrate said her two children, a 2-year-old daughter and a 2-month-old son, are in the care of her mother now and doing fine.   

    A Dallas police report says Woods' 1-year-old daughter tested positive for cocaine after the women's arrest.  State social workers declined to discuss the case.  The location and condition of that child could not be determined Friday.