SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – A Sacramento mother is accused of selling drugs and endangering her young children.
Kimberly Simmons says those drugs were going to be used in an attempt to celebrate the New Year. Instead, she’ll be ringing in 2013 inside the Sacramento County Jail.
“People make mistakes, but the thing is learning from them,” she said in a jailhouse interview with CBS13′s Derek Shore on Monday.
Simmons swears she has learned from hers.
“It makes me feel horrible as a mother,” she said.
Simmons and boyfriend Terrell Bolton were arrested Sunday at her south Sacramento home, accused of felony cocaine sales and in turn endangering the life of her young daughter, who was at the home.
“I don’t run a drug house,” she said. “I’m not even a user like that.”
While Simmons insists she doesn’t sell drugs, she does admit that she was planning on using them during the holiday and had recently bought cocaine.
“It was New Year’s Eve, you know what I’m saying, so I did have a little bit because I was going to indulge for the New Year,” she said.
But police would stop that celebration before it started. Officers wouldn’t elaborate on why they were brought to the house, but say when children are involved, it’s especially serious.
“The children had access to the cocaine,” Officer Michele Gigante said. “That’s why we took the children into protective custody.”
Simmons is now vowing to reunite her family, saying her stupid mistake will never happen again.
“As long as there is breath in my body, I will get my kids back when I get out of here.”
And from behind bars, she had a warning for other parents who use drugs.
“It’s never worth it, never worth it, losing your children, let alone some drugs,” she said. “It’s not worth it.”