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Paper: Mother Had Drugs in System

November 1, 1997

UPLAND, Calif. (AP) _ The mother of two girls who wandered outside and were killed by a train had illegal drugs in her system, according to a newspaper report Friday on results of a drug test administered the day of the accident.

A laboratory report, obtained by the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, bolsters claims by a Child Protective Services social worker who said Jackie Robles ingested methamphetamine two days before the Oct. 21 accident.

Robles, 21, was arrested and booked for investigation of child endangerment hours after the deaths of her children, 3-year-old Alexis and 21-month-old Deziree. She was released two days later pending findings of an investigation.

She said she was asleep at the time the girls slipped outside.

Deputy District Attorney Richard Maxwell and police Chief Martin Thouvenell said refused to comment Friday.

Robles was in court on Thursday seeking custody of her 2-month-old who was placed in the custody of Robles’ aunt on the day of her arrest.

Authorities cited a lack of supervision and alleged substance abuse for taking the child. The judge told her to be prepared for random drug testing that could be administered anytime before Dec. 1, the date of her next hearing.

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