Records in general sessions court state the discovery was made Friday at 626 Riverside Ave., Kingsport. Shortly before 10:30 a.m., a witness spotted a child defecating in the back yard and alerted police.
Upon arrival for a welfare check, Kingsport police officers were met by residents Antony Smith and Travis Ketron, both 41. Ketron was reportedly under the influence and admitted to using methamphetamine. Both men allegedly denied any children were present or living at the home.
Officers report they then spoke with a third occupant of the residence, Rachel Schank, 34. According to court records, she stated that she was "watching" a child for her father.
"However, she refused to say how long the child had been staying with her or where she was sleeping," states an affidavit. "Schank additionally stated the home had no running water."
Police then heard noises from a shed located behind the home. There, they found a 10-year-old girl inside the building, along with "two mattresses and other items that indicate habitation." The victim also had no running water, according to court records, just water in jugs.
Police contacted the Department of Children's Services and obtained a search warrant. Execution of the court order allegedly located drug paraphernalia related to meth throughout the home — syringes, needles, glass pipes, rubber tubing — along with items used to manufacture and sell meth — baggies, digital scales and a drug ledger.
In the shed where the child was apparently living, investigators reportedly located additional glass pipes, a butane torch and cut straws.
Schank, Ketron and Smith were arrested at the scene. They are each charged with child neglect and endangerment, maintaining a dwelling for the distribution of controlled substances, initiation of a process to manufacture meth, drug possession, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Court records do not specify relationships between the three adults and the child. Citing the girl's juvenile status and involvement of DCS, Kingsport police are declining to comment on the case.