Tracey DeWayne Gibson, 42, and Christy Lee Kilgore, 37.
CHURCH HILL — A Surgoinsville woman and her boyfriend have been charged with, among other things, aggravated child abuse for allegedly letting her 7-year-old daughter spend the night in a camper where methamphetamine was being cooked and used.
Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a Rogersville physician’s office last Friday morning after a family member of the 7-year-old girl brought her to have respiratory problems treated. The child’s breathing problem had allegedly been caused by exposure to an active meth lab.
HCSO Narcotics Unit detectives spoke to the girl, who described in detail what detectives believe to be a complete or partial meth lab in a camper.
Detectives were able to determine that the camper belongs to Tracey DeWayne Gibson, 42, of the Greenland Campground in Church Hill.
Some detectives went to the camper, where they found Gibson was gone, but also allegedly observed numerous meth lab ingredients and components in plain view from outside. Deputies subsequently executed a search warrant on the camper and allegedly discovered more evidence of a meth lab inside, as well as meth residue and syringes.
Another detective went to speak with the child’s mother, Christy Lee Kilgore, 37, 313 Bray St., Surgoinsville.
Kilgore allegedly admitted that she’d stayed with Gibson the three nights prior to Friday, and her daughter had stayed there overnight the first night.
“Ms. Kilgore further stated that on the night her 7-year-old daughter stayed all night, fumes of a meth lab were present at the Gibson residence,” Sheriff Ronnie Lawson said. “Ms. Kilgore further stated she had allowed her 7-year-old daughter to sleep on a couch while she and other individuals had snorted pills and meth inside the camper.”
Kilgore wasn’t immediately charged and was ordered to appear in Hawkins County Juvenile Court Tuesday morning for a custody hearing regarding her two children.
HCSO Sgt. James Woods stated he observed Kilgore in the courtroom Tuesday. She was allegedly having trouble staying awake and appeared highly intoxicated.
At that time, deputies served her with a warrant for aggravated child abuse, and she was additionally charged with public intoxication. Kilgore allegedly stated she’d taken her Xanax medication prior to court.
She was held in the Hawkins County Jail on $75,000 bond.
Gibson was located at his camper Tuesday afternoon and was served with a warrant charging him with initiating the process of manufacturing meth, aggravated child abuse, possession of synthetic marijuana, maintaining a dwelling where narcotics are housed or sold, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gibson was ordered held in the Hawkins County Jail on $150,000 bond.