Law enforcement in Tupelo, Mississippi say that a horrific crime has led to a trio of family members being arrested.
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The Lee County Sheriff's Department alongside the US Marshal’s Service recently conducted a search warrant at a Mooresville residence where the three lived, and they found methamphetamine in the home.
A two-year-old child was present when the warrant was served and a search of the residence was performed by the Marshals.
36-year-old Paul Blackwell, the child's father, 36-year-old Brandy Tackett, the child's mother, and 55-year-old Tammy Tackett, the child's grandmother were all present in the home while the methamphetamine was being used.
Police say that none of the individuals were suspects prior to the warrant search and that Lee County Sheriff's were looking for a convicted felon who had multiple warrants.
Lee County Sheriff Johnson said that although the felon was not at the address at the time of the search, authorities finding the methamphetamine resulted in the two-year-old boy who was in the home being taken into custody by DHS.
The child was brought to the local hospital for treatment and tests have confirmed the toddler had methamphetamine in his system, which resulted in a three all three of his family members being arrested for felony child abuse.
“The child can’t fend for himself and doesn’t have a choice, to live in that environment, the problem you have now the child will be addicted to this drug, the rest of his life, it’s going to have to fight to make sure it doesn’t depend on the chemical placed in his system, to no choice of his. It shows you the effect drugs have on society, it doesn’t just affect people using it, it affects a lot of people,” Sheriff Johnson said.
Bail is currently set at $75,000 for each of the suspects arrested, according to police
The child’s grandmother was recently released from probation for drug related offenses, and both parents are on probation for drug offenses themselves.
Sheriff Johnson says Paul Blackwell failed his recent mandatory drug test as per the terms of his probation, and that more charges will likely follow in the coming days.
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