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Infant tests positive for meth, couple arrested
Charges include cruelty to children
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Glen Harmon Keen, left, and Ariel Denise Newsome were arrested Wednesday after methamphetamine was found in their 6-month-old baby’s system

A Windy Hill Road couple was arrested Wednesday after methamphetamine was found in their 6-month-old baby’s system.

No illegal drugs were found in the home of Glen Harmon Keen, 24, and Ariel Denise Newsome, 21, but Bulloch County sheriff’s investigators found evidence that methamphetamine had been used in the home in the presence of the child, said Bulloch County Sheriff Noel Brown.

Newsome rushed the baby boy to the hospital Wednesday after finding him “unresponsive and lethargic,” he said.

Hospital staff called for a deputy, and Bulloch County sheriff’s Deputy Adam Paquette arrived and spoke to the staff, as well as the mother.

Toxicology and other tests were run and methamphetamine was found in the baby’s system.  Paquette notified the Department of Family and Children Services; then he, along with Investigator William Sims and Capt. Jason Kearney, visited the Windy Hill Road home where the suspects and children live.

When they found the home “filthy and in disarray” and located evidence that methamphetamine had been used in the home in the presence of children, they arrested Keen and later arrested Newsome, Brown said.

The baby and other children were turned over to a paternal grandmother.

Both Keen and Newsome are charged with second-degree cruelty to children (negligently causing excessive physical pain). They are being held without bond as they await further court action, he said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Sims at (912) 764-1767.

 

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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