7 arrested after 2 kids allegedly found in Seymour, Ind. home with drugs
Police say an anonymous tipster called to say that something wasn't right at a home on South Obrien Street.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say seven people were arrested early Monday morning after two children -- a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old -- were found in a Seymour, Indiana, home, along with drugs.
According to a probable cause affidavit, officers with the Seymour Police Department received an anonymous tip that 27-year-old Derek Austin and 30-year-old Meagin McFall were allowing at least one child to live in a home with unsafe conditions -- specifically drugs.
On Sunday, Seymour Police contacted the Department of Child Services (DCS) and informed them of the allegations made by the anonymous tipster. Sunday evening, a Seymour Police officer and a DCS caseworker made a visit to the home of Austin and McFall in the 200 block of South Obrien Street off of East Tipton Street in Seymour.
"While we were approaching the residence, an overwhelming odor of marijuana was emitting from the residence," the probable cause affidavit states. "This odor was first detected back at the sidewalk. As we approached the front door, the odor grew stronger."
Police say when officers knocked on the door, and McFall answered, "it was very apparent that the odor of burnt marijuana was, in fact, coming from inside this residence."
Inside the home, police say they found McFall, 33-year-old Andrew Smith, 32-year-old Joshua Lowe, and 30-year-old Lisa Barger, as well as two children: a 2-year-old and a 3-year-old.
Police say they confronted McFall about the smell of marijuana in the home, but she denied any knowledge of anyone smoking marijuana.
A short time later however, Smith allegedly pulled an officer aside and admitted to smoking marijuana 30 minutes earlier. Police say he also led them to a bedroom and showed them a marijuana cigarette.
According to the probable cause affidavit, McFall again denied the existence of any illegal drugs in the home, but she would not allow officers to search, so police had to obtain a search warrant.
While some officers remained at the home, another officer went to obtain the warrant. During this time, police say three more people showed up at the home, entering through a back door. According to court documents, they were 20-year-old Joseph French, 27-year-old Derek Austin, and Marissa Disque.
Police say when French saw officers in the home, he reached for an object in the waistband of his pants. According to the probable cause affidavit, that object turned out to be a handgun with the serial numbers wiped away. Police say they also found methamphetamine and marijuana on his person.
Police say they eventually searched the home and found -- among other things -- glass methamphetamine pipes, baggies containing suspected methamphetamine, plastic bags containing suspected marijuana, a digital scale and a used syringe.
All seven suspects were arrested.
Smith was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of a hypodermic syringe, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and visiting a common nuisance.
Lowe was charged with maintaining a common nuisance.
McFall was charged with maintaining a common nuisance, two counts of neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Disque was charged with visiting a common nuisance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Barger was charged with visiting a common nuisance and false informing (police say she initially gave them a false name).
French was charged with visiting a common nuisance, in addition to other charges.
Austin was charged with possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, two counts of neglect of a dependent, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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