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Hawkins mom faces child neglect, drug charges

Jeff Bobo • Feb 16, 2018 at 3:28 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County mom was charged with child neglect and drug possession Monday after police allegedly found meth and pills in a drawer near where her children sleep.

Shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Logan Tate responded to a request for a welfare check on two small children due to alleged drug use by their mother, Heather Leanne Buttry.

Tate spoke to Buttry, 29, 125 Temple Road, Rogersville, who allegedly admitted that she uses drugs but said she only uses drugs outside the residence.

Buttry also allegedly admitted that there were drugs in the residence at that time, in a bedroom drawer in the room where her two children sleep and where one of the children was sleeping at that time.

Tate allegedly located a small bag of meth and eight Gabapentin pills and three Clonazepam pills.

“They were easily accessible to the two small children,” Tate said. “A DCS (Department of Children’s Services) referral was made in regards to the narcotic use around the two small children.”

While being arrested, Buttry had what Tate believed to be a seizure, and she was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center.

Upon being medically cleared, she was booked into the Hawkins County Jail for possession of meth, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of legend drugs and child neglect.

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