Couple charged with child neglect after needles, drugs found in home with baby

Jeff Bobo • Apr 21, 2018 at 10:30 AM

MOUNT CARMEL — A Hawkins County couple were charged with child neglect and drug possession Sunday night after uncapped needles and drugs were allegedly found near items used by their 7-week-old including a pacifier, formula and bed.

Around 9:15 p.m., officers with the Mount Carmel Police Department and Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office went to the residence of Christan Sierra Holbrook, 23, 237 Belmont Ave., to serve her with a failure to appear arrest warrant stemming from some year-old charges including driving on a suspended license and registration violations.

Upon their arrival, officers met Brian Keith Hawkins, 38, of that address, who stated that Holbrook was home.

MCPD Officer Grady White stated in his report that while in the residence officers observed an upside-down soft drink can with an orange substance in the can’s bottom cup.

Holbrook allegedly admitted that the substance was Subutex and that she had been injecting it into her veins. Hawkins allegedly admitted to injecting and snorting Subutex.

Officers observed that Holbrook’s 7-week-old was living in the residence.

“There were several uncapped needles scattered around the living room and bedroom,” White said. “There were needles next to the child’s pacifier in the living room, next to the child’s formula on the dresser in the bedroom and on the bed. There was another soft drink can turned upside down on the bed with the same orange substance believed to be Subutex.”

There was also a dresser drawer that contained yet another upside down soda can holding Subutex, as well as two marijuana pipes, police said.

“Holbrook grabbed something from a bag on a shelf and attempted to hide it,” White said. “I observed her to place it behind her back. It was a small blue container that held three partial orange pills believed to be Subutex.”

Hawkins and Holbrook were each charged with child neglect, possession of Schedule III narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both were arraigned Monday and remained held in the Hawkins County Jail — Holbrook on $2,500 bond and Hawkins on $1,000 bond. Their next court date is April 30.

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