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Hopkins County Pair Arrested After 1-Year-Old Tests Positive For Meth

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A Sulphur Springs man and Brashear woman, both 31, were jailed Thursday for child endangerment. A 26-year-old Rowlett man with the woman at the time of her arrest also was jailed, according to arrest reports.

The arrests are reportedly the result of a joint investigation by the Sulphur Springs Special Crimes Unit and Child Protective Services personnel of Joseph Ryan Sims and Stephanie Jo Howse. They are alleged on Jan. 3 to have endangered the child by exposure to methamphetamine at a Helm Lane residence. The couple’s 1-year-old allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine. Both Sims and Howse also tested positive on drug screens for meth, the SCU Lt. Mark Estes and Sgt. Joe Scott alleged in arrest reports.

Based on that information, the SCU officers sought and obtained warrants for Sims’ and Howse’s arrests. Estes and Scott served Sims with an endangering a child warrant at 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at his West Industrial Drive residence, according to arrest reports. Howse was reportedly served with an endangering of a child warrant at 4 p.m. at the South Broadway Street convenience store, where arrest reports show she is employed.

While at the store serving the woman with the warrant, they encountered a 26-year-old Rowlett man, who was with the woman. He allegedly admitted to the SCU investigators he had marijuana. Scott removed marijuana from the man’s pockets, resulting in his arrest for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, the SCU officers alleged in arrest reports.

Sims was released from Hopkins County jail Friday morning, Jan. 17, on $20,000 bond on the endangering of a child charge. Howse remained in jail Friday morning in lieu of $20,000 bond on the endangering of a child charge. The Rowlett man also remained in jail Friday morning in lieu of $1,000 bond on the misdemeanor marijuana charge, according to jail reports.

Author: Faith Huffman

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