Rogersville mother facing charges after drugs allegedly found in close proximity to children

Jeff Bobo • Jan 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County mother arrested Sunday in Rogersville for allegedly storing drugs near where her small children were sleeping had been charged in a similar drug-related child neglect incident almost exactly one year ago.

Around 6:20 a.m. Sunday, Rogersville Police Department Officer Patrick Johnson was dispatched to a welfare check request at the home of Margaret Rebecca Buttry, 30, 307 N. Depot Street.

Upon his arrival, Johnson allegedly found Buttry to be in “a very impaired state” while in custody of her two small children.

While Johnson was speaking to Buttry, she allegedly went into her bedroom where she opened a dresser drawer.

“Inside the door there was in plain view a plate which appeared to have a white powdery residue and cuts on it along with some short straws and three packs of rolling papers,” Johnson said. “Upon closer examination, I also found a baggy containing a leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Ms. Buttry had a prescription bottle of Buprenorhine which had been filled (Friday), and according to the label it was filled for 60 pills. There only appeared to be 20 pills left in the bottle.”

Johnson added, “Ms. Buttry had her 4-year-old and 17-month-old children sleeping in a bed just a couple feet from where the drugs and drug paraphernalia were found.”

Buttry was charged Sunday with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia and was arraigned Monday in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

This past October, Buttry’s children were placed in the custody of their father through a Hawkins County Juvenile Court order, and she was awarded supervised weekend visitation. Following her arrest Sunday morning, the children were returned to their father.

Buttry’s arrest Sunday was just another in a long string of arrests for her this past year dating back to Jan. 23, 2012 when she was charged in Church Hill with three counts of child neglect and simple possession of Schedule II narcotics.

On Jan. 23, 2012, Church Hill police responded to a welfare check request where Buttry resided at the time in Church Hill. Police reportedly found her unresponsive on the bed beside a 5-month-old who was covered with feces and urine because its diaper was full and overflowing.

There were also a 3-year-old and an 8-year-old in the residence.

When paramedics roused Buttry, she was found to be under the influence of drugs.

A pill bottle was allegedly found lying on the baby’s crib beside the bed, which contained a legally prescribed medication, as well as another small blue pill identified as amphetamine.

In May Buttry was sentenced to 36 days in jail on those charges.

According to Hawkins County Jail records, Buttry was also arrested in May for misdemeanor theft, again in June for DUI, and on Aug. 5 for driving on revoked, speeding, and registration violation.

On Aug. 17 she was charged with aggravated burglary, possession of Schedule II narcotics and violation of the Tennessee Drug Control Act.

According to Hawkins County Sessions Court records, she served 48 hours for the DUI in July; and all the other charges were lumped into a plea bargain in September which netted her another 36-day jail sentence and probation.

Rogersville Police Chief Doug Nelson told the Times-News that Buttry was suspected of being under the influence of drugs during her arraignment Monday and was also suffering a serious arm infection.

She had been released from jail on $1,000 bond Sunday night, and following her arraignment Monday was to be taken to a hospital by a family member to have her arm treated. As of Monday night, no charges were filed as a result of Buttry’s alleged intoxicated condition in court, although Nelson said it is under investigation.

Buttry is scheduled for trial on her new charges on Feb. 20 in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

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