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Mother accused of letting kids ride with intoxicated boyfriend

BUFORD -- Warrants have now been issued for a mother who allowed her intoxicated boyfriend to drive herself and two unrestrained young children in an early May incident, police said.

The May 9 foray resulted in the boyfriend, John Albert Lacome, reportedly driving into an embankment on New Street in Buford, breaking the nose and injuring the eye of a 4-year girl and cutting the face of a 9-year-old boy passenger.

Warrants issued on Wednesday have Jomayra A. Fortuna of Buford wanted for two felony counts of cruelty to children in the second degree, as well as giving false statements to a police officer.

As of Thursday evening, Gwinnett County Jail records did not show an inmate by that name. Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Edwin Ritter said he had no details regarding a search or arrest.

The original report from the May 9 accident show that after the alleged accident, police found Fortuna at Northside Hospital's Cumming campus.

According to police, she stated that she and her children had been riding in a taxi that had been rear ended. According to Fortuna, "they stepped out of the taxi and the taxi and (the vehicle that struck it) both fled the scene," leaving the trio on the side of Buford Highway.

The warrants issued Wednesday say Fortuna later admitted that her boyfriend was driving after he had admittedly been drinking.

A car owned by Fortuna was later found on Forest Street in Buford, airbags deployed with a bloodied backseat and dirt and grass lodged in both bumpers.

Jail records show Lancome, the boyfriend, was incarcerated from May 10-20, booked on charges of cruelty to children in the third degree and a series of traffic violations.