KINGSPORT — A Kingsport pair face felony charges after police allegedly located them intoxicated inside a pickup truck with syringes, one of which was loaded and "within reach" of a baby.
Latisha Robertson, 19, and Steven Collins, 26, both of 3604 Watterson Drive, were arrested Wednesday. A report at the Kingsport Police Department says that at approximately 9:15 a.m. a caller alerted central dispatch to a couple arguing in a vehicle on Wampler Street. The caller also claimed the suspects were using drugs.
An officer responded to the area to find Robertson and Collins sitting in the described pickup truck. Police say Robertson was holding her baby, who was observed to be "very dirty" and "generally unkempt."
Robertson allegedly told police that she and Collins were waiting in the area for Collins' mother, who was bringing them money. Police say the pair appeared to be under the influence and "could not stand still."
When Collins was asked if he uses drugs, according to a police report, he answered, "I shoot Subutex to get high, because it's cheap."
Collins allegedly consented to a search of his vehicle, with police finding it "full of trash and dirty diapers." A child seat was also not properly secured.
An empty syringe was allegedly found in the floorboard, while a "loaded" syringe containing blood was on the dash "in plain sight." Police say the second syringe was also "within reach" of Robertson's baby when police arrived at the scene.
The Department of Children's Services was called and took custody of the baby. Robertson and Collins were arrested and transported to the city jail, charged with felony child endangerment, public intoxication and possession of drug paraphernalia.