Child Protective Services worker accused of smoking meth with 14-year-old son

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A woman who works for Child Protective Services has been arrested after she was allegedly caught with heroin in her possession and admitted to regularly smoking methamphetamine with her 14-year-old son.

According to detectives, 39-year-old Stephenie Chism of West Point, Kentucky, was stopped by detectives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as she was leaving her home at the corner of Main Street and South Fifth Street in West Point.

Police said West Point Police discovered about a 1/2-gram of heroin in her possession.

Chism was read her Miranda rights, which she waived. When confronted about the heroin, she said she found it in her vehicle on Saturday and did not know what to do with it, so she kept it. 

Police said they obtained a warrant to search her home, and executed it hours later. Upon entering the home, police said they saw Chism's 14-year-old son throw a bag of meth and a meth pipe out the window.

During the interview with the teen, he told detectives that he and his mother smoked meth together on "multiple" occasions. 

"He stated that she was also aware and allowed him to smoke meth without her," the arrest report states. "The child also stated that his mother offered him meth ... numerous times that he declined."

Chism has been employed as a case worker with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services since July. A spokesperson said she was still in training and not yet doing field work. The cabinet is now in the process of terminating her employment. 

"It's disturbing. It's disappointing," said Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force director Ron Eckert. "It's not good for sure."

Chism was arrested and charged with engaging in an unlawful transaction with a minor and possession of a controlled substance (heroin). 

"When you have different agencies working together," Eckert said. "You accomplish a whole lot more working together."

It's unclear if the cabinet drug tests its workers during employment or the hiring process.

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