Smithville mother bound over to Division I

A Smithville mother accused of drunk driving a van that wrecked and killed her daughter has been bound over for trial.

On Sept. 25, Samantha Jones appeared in Platte County court and waived a preliminary hearing. The case was bound over to Division I court.

Samantha Jones

Samantha Jones

She is set to appear in court again at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 in front of judge Thomas Fincham.

The same conditions of her previous bond remained the same: no alcohol consumption or possession; no possession or consumption of controlled substances not prescribed by a doctor; not to operate a vehicle; may leave residences for work, hospital and doctor appointments.

Jones didn’t appear in court in July as court documents showed she was at Valley Hope, an alcohol and drug treatment center in Overland Park, Kan. A continuance was granted in August for a month.

Her daughter, Macklyn Lucas, 5, died on June 27, from injuries sustained in the June 24 accident.

The Citizen received a photo that Jones posted on her Facebook page, an hour before the crash, showing her drinking with friends and her post said #momsneeddrinks from Camden Point, Mo.

Court documents stated that Jones had a blood alcohol content that was twice the legal limit and that led to an accident near Route E and Skinner Lake Road.

Jones’ Kia Optima hit an electric pole on the north side of the roadway. Platte County deputies responded to the accident with injuries, as a 5-year-old child was having difficulty breathing.

Jones informed the deputy she had ‘about’ two bottles of wine within the past five hours. She consented to a breath test and her BAC was .198 — the legal limit is .08. A second test at 11:32 p.m., the BAC was .186.

A witness stated Jones said, “I never drink this much. I’m so stupid. My baby is my world. I don’t care if I go to jail, I just want my baby to be OK.”

Jones stated she started drinking at 5 p.m. and left at 8:30 p.m. after having between 1½ to 2 bottles of wine, according to court documents.