Mother accused of leaving infant at crime scene now facing drug charges

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   The Albany woman accused of leaving her infant daughter in a car while fleeing the scene of the crime appeared in court today on a drug possession charge.

   Cassandra Smith was in Athens County Common Pleas Court facing a possession of heroin charge.

   She pleaded not guilty.

   Prosecutor Keller Blackburn says Smith was found with Heroin on June 9th.

    Her bond was set at $5,000.

    Yesterday,  Sheriff Pat Kelly said Smith and two men tried to take $5,000 worth of machinery and steel from a farm by loading it on a pickup truck they had taken for a test drive from a local dealership Sunday and never returned.

     He said she left her infant behind in a car seat when she ran off on foot.

     The child was released to a family member.