Woman arrested for wandering with child in the cold while on meth

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BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman was arrested for child neglect creating risk of injury after sheriff’s deputies found her allegedly under the influence of meth and wandering outside with her child in cold temperatures.

Brandi D. Morris, 30, was carrying her 6-year-old son and screaming excessively loud, prompting a 911 call on Feb. 18. When Deputy Tyler Gordon and Sgt. Marshall Powers arrived, they found Morris and the child on Valley Green Drive and Holbrook Road. Morris screamed at the officers on scene and displayed several signs of impairment by methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint in the  Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Morris allegedly had severely dilated pupils, lack of response to direct light, extremely paranoid behavior and a severe chapped mouth area.

Gordon wrote in the criminal complaint that the temperature was 38 degrees and neither Morris nor the child had shoes or a jacket on. The child had a pair of yellow sweatpants on with a T-shirt and appeared to have a severe head cold, according to the criminal complaint.

“The defendant had no idea where she was going or who was around her,” Gordon wrote in the criminal complaint.

Morris allegedly resisted as Gordon and Marshall restrained her and tried to get her in the cruiser. Drug testing determined Morris allegedly snorted methamphetamine earlier that evening.

Morris was arrested for child neglect creating risk of injury, obstructing an officer and intoxication in public places, all misdemeanors.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $85,000 — $60,000 surety and $25,000 cash only.

If convicted, Morris faces up to six months in jail and a fine of $100 to $1,000 for child neglect creating risk of injury; a $50 to $500 fine and/or confinement in jail for not more than a year for obstructing; and a $5 to $100 fine for public intoxication.

In other crime news:

* Chassity Jean Kittle, 34, of Buckhannon, was arrested for DUI with minor in vehicle and driving while license revoked for non-DUI, first offense, both misdemeanors.

On March 27, Patrolman Joshua Wilson received a call of a possible impaired driver at Dollar General in a tan Chevy blazer. Wilson spotted the vehicle pulling out in front of oncoming traffic while heading north on Route 20 and noted in the criminal complaint the vehicle allegedly swerved and crossed the white line three times.

Wilson initiated a traffic stop on College Avenue and found two children, ages 2 and 7, in the vehicle with Kittle. Wilson observed Kittle allegedly had slurred speech, droopy eyelids, was disoriented and exhibited drowsiness. When Kittle got out of the vehicle to perform field sobriety tests, she fell down. Kittle failed two of the three field sobriety tests but passed a portable breathalyzer test. Patrolman Joseph Barcus performed A.R.I.D.E. tests on Kittle, who showed impairment for those tests.

After Wilson arrested Kittle for DUI, Kittle admitted to taking Suboxin earlier that day and “maybe a Zanax bar a few days ago,” according to the criminal complaint. Kittle consented to a blood drawl at St. Joseph’s Hospital before being taken to TVRJ.

Kittle’s license came back suspended as of Jan. 17 for unpaid citations.

Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond at $10,000 cash or surety and $500 personal recognizance.

If convicted, Kittle faces confinement in jail for two days to one year and a $200 to $1,000 fine for DUI with a minor in vehicle and a $100 to $500 fine for driving while license revoked for non-DUI first offense.

* Heather Bender, 32, of Ellamore, was arrested for delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint in the magistrate clerk’s office.

Bender allegedly sold meth to a confidential informant of the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department for $50 in April 2016. Cpl. Rodney Rolenson is the investigating officer. Coffman set bond at $75,000.

If convicted, Bender faces imprisonment for not less than one year nor more than 15 years and/or fined not more than $25,000.

* Robert Alan Lemons, 40, of Volga, was arrested for violation of a protective order, a misdemeanor. On March 26, Lemons was at the residence of William Harvey on Clarksburg Road and had allegedly been at the residence three times that day, according to witnesses. He was also witnessed knocking on one of the windows. Lemons has a personal protective order against him and was not to be at the residence effective Jan. 31, 2017 through Jan. 31, 2019. Cpl. Theron Caynor with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Department is the investigating officer.

Coffman set bond at $10,000.

If convicted, Lemons faces confinement in jail for up to 90 days and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

 

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