Woman arrested for child neglect after allegedly using drugs in front of infant

BUCKHANNON – A Buckhannon woman was arrested Monday on multiple charges after allegedly using controlled substances in front of an infant and shoving a law enforcement officer.

Yetta Carr, 38, was arrested on one count of battery on an officer, one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of child neglect creating risk of injury, all misdemeanors, in connection to an incident that allegedly occurred Monday, April 22.

According to the complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s Office submitted by investigating officer Deputy Tyler Gordon with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office, Gordon responded to a 911 call regarding a juvenile female allegedly being made to feel uncomfortable by one of her mother’s friends at a residence on the Mt. Nebo Road.

The complaint says the juvenile female left the residence and went to a nearby relative’s residence to report the events. Gordon responded to the residence to speak with the mother of the juvenile, Carr. Upon opening the door, Gordon allegedly detected the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the residence.

Carr was holding a 1-year-old infant when she opened the door, according to the complaint.

The file alleges Carr admitted to smoking marijuana in front of the infant just prior to Gordon’s arrival and appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine.

Carr then refused to allow Gordon to search the residence for further evidence of child neglect or any illegal drugs, the file goes on to say. Gordon advised Carr the only other option was to obtain a search warrant for the residence.

Carr said she would give Gordon the weed bowl and the roach inside the house.

Gordon asked her to show him where the bowl was as they both entered the residence. The file alleges that a few steps into the residence, Carr changed her mind and “turned and pushed” Gordon with one hand in the direction of the doorway.

In response, Gordon removed the infant from Carr’s possession and placed her in custody. After being read her Miranda rights, Carr allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana just prior to the deputy’s arrival and methamphetamine about four or five hours before that.

Carr then gave Gordon permission to search the residence. During the search, Gordon allegedly discovered numerous drug paraphernalia, including a marijuana smoking device, a methamphetamine smoking device and a large propane torch on the bedside stand in the open area of the master bedroom.

Carr is being held on a $25,000 bond.

If convicted on the battery on an officer charge, Carr faces a penalty of not less than one nor more than 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. The penalty for being found guilty of possession of methamphetamine is 90 days to six months in jail and/or a fine of not more than $1,000.

The penalty for conviction of child neglect creating risk of injury is a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 and/or confinement in jail for not more than six months.

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