Mom charged after OWI arrest leads to 4-year-old being found in tow lot

Blair Springfield

MILWAUKEE -- A 28-year-old Milwaukee mother is now facing felony charges after a drunk driving arrest led to her 4-year-old daughter turning up in a city tow lot. Blair Springfield made her first court appearance on Saturday, Nov. 17 where it was revealed it's not the only drunk driving case she's battling.

In a jail jumpsuit, Springfield walked into court with a list of charges hanging over her head. She pleaded not guilty to all of them on Saturday.

Blair Springfield

Blair Springfield

"Obviously, I think we all agree that these allegations are very serious," said the court commissioner.

Surveillance video shows Monday night, Nov. 12 Springfield and her two kids came to a stop near 39th and Forest Home. The passenger told officers Springfield had difficulty driving after drinking and smoking marijuana earlier. The passenger had to pull the van over after Springfield dozed off at the wheel. She flagged down a Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) bus before police arrived.

Police say Springfield had slurred speech and couldn't keep her balance, leading to her arrest.

Prosecutors say Springfield had not mentioned her 4-year-old child was sleeping in the vehicle. However, the passenger says officers would not let her check for the child. The girl eventually woke up in a city tow lot hours later.

City of Milwaukee tow lot

The criminal complaint reveals Springfield has a history of passing out behind the wheel. On Friday, Sept. 14 Springfield was revived with narcan at the McDonald's near 27th and Capitol. Prosecutors say she was passed out in the drive thru with five children in the car and empty vodka bottles.

McDonald's near 27th and Capitol

Blair Springfield

"Both of these situations are very serious and egregious," said the prosecutor.

Springfield has been charged with two counts of operating while intoxicated with a minor in the car and seven counts of neglecting a child for the two separate incidents.

"It's my understanding that CPS [child protective services] has taken at least two of her kids away. She will do whatever she can to get those kids back," said Springfield's defense attorney.

Blair Springfield

The court commissioner ordered Springfield have no contact with her children unless CPS approves. The Milwaukee Police Department and the Department of Public Works are investigating how the child was missed on their ends.

Springfield's next court appearance is set for Tuesday, Nov. 27.