Four parents appear before Hawkins judge on child neglect charges

Jeff Bobo • Jul 31, 2013 at 5:56 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Four parents accused in separate child neglect cases appeared before Hawkins County Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross Monday, including a man found in a park with his son and a large amount of drugs earlier this month.

Steven Craig Lawson, 34, 273 E. Pumpkin Valley Road, Eidson, pleaded guilty Monday to public intoxication, child neglect, possession of Schedule III narcotics, possession of Schedule IV narcotics, possession of Legend Drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a year of probation, 48 hours of community service and a $1,802 fine.

On July 13, police found Lawson at the Rogersville City Park under the influence of drugs, in possession of pills and Suboxone strips, and accompanied by his 3-year-old son. Lawson tried to conceal a syringe and drugs in his child’s clothing prior to his arrest.

Among the drugs in his possession were 14 Clonazepam from a prescription of 63 pills that had been filled the day earlier.

Lawson also had a Suboxone prescription filled the previous day for 16 strips, and he produced a small plastic folder containing only four Suboxone strips.

Aside from the syringe hidden in his son’s clothing, police found a glass bottle containing several pills including 20 .5-milligram Alprazolam, 11 10-milligram Diazepam; and two 10-milligram Volpidem.

Other child neglect cases heard by Ross Monday include:

• Scottie Lee Davis, 23, 162-B Old Route 70-S, Rogersville who was arrested the night of Aug. 22, 2012, after passing out behind the wheel of his vehicle at a gas pump at the Murphy Oil station on Route 66 in Rogersville with his 3-year-old daughter in the vehicle.

Police found Davis slumped over the steering wheel of a 1990 Ford Ranger with the keys in the ignition.

He pleaded guilty Monday to DUI, child endangerment, registration violation and failure to show proof of insurance. He was sentenced to 32 days in jail, a year of probation, and fined $460.

• Crystal Gail Rosenbaum, 35, 121 Austin Mill Road, Rogersville, who was arrested April 20 after the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office found a child living in “unsanitary conditions” and sleeping on a couch with seven dogs.

Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance early that morning.

Upon their arrival deputies found the girl asleep on the couch with seven dogs, as well as “a large quantity of trash and animal feces throughout the residence;” “large quantities of garbage in every room of the residence;” and “animals in the residence urinating on the couch where the child was sleeping.”

Rosenbaum told the HCSO she hadn’t cleaned the residence because her daughter refused to help her.

She pleaded guilty Monday to child neglect. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail, a year of probation, and fined $100.

• Laura Michelle Frazier, 31, 44 Cypress St., Mount Carmel, who was charged with two counts of child neglect on May 13 after she and her two children ages 3 and 6 were allegedly found living in unhealthy conditions, including bugs, maggots, rotting food, trash and dirty diapers throughout the residence.

Frazier’s case was reset, and she is scheduled to appear before Ross on Feb. 3, 2014.

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