UPDATE: Police say grandmother ‘admitted’ meth her grandchild ate was hers | Crime
A Jonesboro woman whose grandchild was hospitalized after it ingested meth, reportedly told police the drugs belonged to her.
Marsha Stevens, 36, is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and introducing a controlled substance into another’s body, both felonies. She’s also charged with endangering the welfare of a minor-second degree, a misdemeanor.
On Thursday a judge set her bond at $15,000.
Police say on Wednesday night Stevens’ 10-month-old granddaughter was rushed to a local emergency room after it began vomiting and having seizures.
The child’s mother, 20-year-old Courtney Stevens, told police her mother Marsha had put the child to sleep in her bed around 9 p.m. A few minutes later the child began screaming loudly.
Courtney Stevens said that as the child was being taken to the ambulance “Marsha Stevens approached her carrying a plastic baggy, which appeared to be wet and had been chewed on,” according to the probable cause affidavit.
Acting on this information, police contacted Marsha Stevens at her home on State Street where, during a probation search, officers said they found a “glass pipe used to smoke methamphetamine and a digital scale” the report stated.
According to the court records, Stevens admitted to smoking methamphetamine in the bedroom where the child became ill before putting her to bed.
Marsha Stevens also told police the meth the child ingested belonged to her, according to the report.
Stevens reportedly said the baggy containing the meth had “possibly been dropped.”
Stevens remains in the Craighead County Detention Center in lieu of $15,000 bond.
If convicted, Stevens could be fined as much as $12,500 and be sentenced anywhere from 30 days to 40 years to life.
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