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A Kelso woman faces a vehicular assault charge in connection with a one-car, injury accident after blood tests showed she had meth in her system, according to investigators.

Cowlitz County sheriff’s deputies arrested Ashley Nicole Duffin, 21, Thursday on allegations of vehicular assault, first-degree animal cruelty and possession of methamphetamine.

Duffin drove off the roadway in the 1300 block of PH 10 west of Castle Rock on May 12, Chief Criminal Deputy Troy Brightbill said. Fire personnel extricated her from the vehicle and she was taken for medical treatment, he said.

A 29-month-old child was in a rear-facing car seat that wasn’t secured with a seat belt, Brightbill said. The child suffered a fractured femur and possible concussion. Deputies also found a puppy in the vehicle that died in the crash, he said.

After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle, deputies found evidence which tested positive for methamphetamine, Brightbill said. Toxicology reports from a blood sample showed Duffin had methamphetamine in her system, he said.

Toxicology test results usually take months to obtain because of backups in the state crime lab.

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