North Liberty Mom Accused of Shooting Heroin with Toddler Present

By Vanessa Miller, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — A 30-year-old North Liberty woman was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting heroin in the bathroom of an Iowa City pharmacy with her 4-year-old child present.

Tiffany Joanne Lewis faces a charge of child endangerment without injury and felony possession of a controlled substance after police were called to the 2300 block of Muscatine Avenue about 9 a.m. Tuesday on a report of a person acting “strange,” according to a criminal complaint.

A witness told officers that Lewis went to a nearby pharmacy, requested syringes and then went to the pharmacy bathroom with her child for several minutes, police reported. When she emerged, she appeared to be under the influence of drugs and requested a sharps container for used needles, according to the complaint.

When officers tried talking with Lewis, she backed away and tried to hide a Crown Royal bag behind her back, police reported. Officers eventually obtained the bag and found a metal spoon blackened with residue and a substance believed to be heroin, according to the complaint.

A used needle also was found in her bag.

Lewis, according to police, acknowledged that the substance was either “heroin or methamphetamine, she wasn’t sure which.”

Lewis is being held at the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $7,000 cash-only bond.
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