• Dennis McCaslin

Mother of child killed in May 24 Pope County accident arrested Saturday on drug paraphernalia charge

The mother of a five year-old boy who was killed in a May 25 accident that resulted in the eventual arrest of her girlfriend on a charge of Negligent Homicide finds herself behind bars this weekend after an arrest Saturday at just after noon for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Mikayla Dalton Ragsdale, 25, of Clarksville, defended her girls friend Alex Suarez on social media after he May 24 crash that resulted in the death of five-year-old Josiah Garcia.

Garcia was killed when Alex Suarez took Garcia and another child from a blood plasma donation center in a vehicle and ran head-on into another vehicle just a few blocks away.. Mikayla Ragsdale told police at the time that she was aware Suarez was "going to take the kids to the park to play" and there was speculation at the time that she might also face charges of endangering the welfare of a child.

Suarez, who was out on bail for other drug-related charges at the time of the accident, has been in the Pope County Detention Center since September 30 when she was arrested and charged in Garcia's death four months after the May 24 accident.

Bond will be set for Ragsdale on Monday in Johnson County Circuit Court.

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