This past May, police responded to reports of a couple of ladies spending a weird amount of time in a bathroom stall, located inside the ladies’ room of a Walmart in Hixson, Tennessee.
Inside, the cops say they found Angela Bivens, a 34-year-old mother and frequent jail regular, allegedly shooting up with another woman. Officers recovered three needles, and noticed a spray of blood across the toilet. Bivens’ arm was allegedly ripe with track marks. The women weren’t entirely alone in there either. Bivens had brought along her 11-week-old son. The young boy was taken to a hospital where he tested positive for meth and amphetamine. Needless to say, that’s quite dangerous, and the smart money is on Angela winning a total of zero custody battles in the near future.
Bivens, who has only just been charged in the crime this week, has been arrested numerous times before, for things such as theft, prostitution and drug possession. But most of Angela’s problems seem to stem from a nasty drug addiction that began when she was just a kid.
It’s a weird and sad trajectory to follow, but local tv station ABC 9 interviewed Angela several months ago, when she was pregnant with the child. She talked with the station about going through drug court as a kid, as well as an adult. She said she was in the juvenile court system from 11 to 19 after getting addicted to drugs and alcohol as a youth. At the time, she said that juvenile court did not offer a drug court. Angela would not attend drug court until she was 29, where she said she entered AA and NA.
“I relapsed after I graduated after three and a half years, but the thing that drug court taught me was how to go back to recovery,” she said.
At the time, she said she spent her time going to work, meetings and church and described her life as “normal.” How “normal” spiraled back into hard drug use and exposing a baby to drugs is unclear. Looks like it’s time for another trip down recovery lane, this time safely behind bars.