Police find Iowa City boy playing with 'rock of crack'; mother arrested

Police say woman had left boy home alone Wednesday night

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An Iowa City mother is facing felony charges after police reported finding one of her three children, who she left home alone Wednesday evening, playing with a “rock of crack.”

Officers responded to Tiffany Stanton Johnson’s apartment at 1926 Broadway St. just after 7 p.m. Wednesday after a child called 911, according to a criminal complaint. When police arrived, Johnson explained that she had left her three children home alone while she went to Kmart, officers reported.

While speaking with Johnson, police observed her son “playing with a rock of crack,” according to the complaint. Johnson admitted to officers that she sells crack and she was storing it in her bedroom, police reported.

During a search of her apartment, officers found a can containing 12 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale, according to the complaint.

Johnson, 25, was arrested on suspicion of a felony controlled substance violation, felony possession or distribution without a tax stamp, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment without injury.

She is being held in the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

Johnson’s criminal history in Iowa is limited to driving violations, according to online court records.

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