Courts & Crime

Stripper mother charged when daughter, 3, goes wandering through motel

The mother of a 3-year-old girl was charged Tuesday after police said the toddler was found wandering around a Caseyville motel in a T-shirt and underwear while the woman was at work in a strip club.

Police were searching Tuesday night for the woman, identified as Patrice A. Johnson, 28.

Johnson's last known address is unclear, but police said she stays in metro-east motels when she works at the Soft Touch club in Washington Park.

Johnson was charged Tuesday with felony unlawful possession of a controlled substance and endangering the life or health of a child. Bond was set at $25,000.

Employees at a Days Inn, 8950 Tucker Drive in Caseyville, called police about 5:40 a.m. Feb. 20 to report that a young child was seen wandering around the motel hallways in just a T-shirt and panties for about 45 minutes. Motel staff were unable to contact guests in the child's room, which was registered to Johnson.

Officers responded, and one of them stayed with the child while the others went to the room. Police reported that the child seemed unusually hyperactive.

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