Video surveillance from the housing complex reportedly revealed that the three boys — ages 14, 14, and 15 — had entered the residence of Abigail May Garber shortly before 8 a.m. and hadn’t exited.
Around 7:45 a.m. Friday, Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Nathan Simpson was directing traffic in front of the high school when he observed three boys wearing backpacks run across Route 66-S to the apartments beside Southside Restaurant.
Cherokee SRO Joey Maddox confirmed that the trio had left school without permission, were hiding from school personnel and he would be charging them with truancy.
Simpson said that when he and Maddox went to Garber’s apartment looking for the boys, she was “passive aggressive,” denied knowing the teens and refused to let the officers search her apartment.
That’s when Maddox contacted the landlord and reviewed video surveillance which reportedly showed the boys had entered Garber’s apartment and never left.
When police confronted Garber a second time, they spotted the boys hiding in a small bathroom.
Officers also spotted a marijuana pipe, which they seized.
Garber, 20, 2930 Route 66-S Apt. A5, was charged with three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, filing a false report and possession of drug paraphernalia.
She was ordered held without bond in the Hawkins County Jail pending arraignment Wednesday morning in Sessions Court.
The three boys were also arrested and charged with truancy.