Drug-addict couple arrested after newborn girl tests positive for crystal meth and amphetamine
34-year-old Tosha Scott and 35-year-old Aube Ringer were arrested after police found glass pipes, meth residue, and torches at their house. The child is now in protective care.
A Jackson couple has been put behind bars after their newborn baby tested positive for the drug methamphetamine after a doctor called the authorities and reported the situation. The 10-day-old child is now in protective custody.
According to the authorities, the baby and her mother, 34-year-old Tosha Scott, chemically tested positive for meth "during the labor and delivery at the hospital." The Jackson Police Department got a call around 11 am on Thursday where the doctor shared that the baby tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine. The test was ordered after Tosha's urine test returned positive for the drugs.
The police added that when the couple was confronted about the situation, Scott and the baby's father, 35-year-old Aube Ringer, denied the allegations and promptly left the doctor's office. The police decided to follow up and also served a search warrant at the pair's home. Jackson Police Lt. Roger Schultz shared, "We located numerous items of paraphernalia related to the use of meth."
The house did not have any meth lab but did have a bunch of glass pipes, meth residue, and also torches which were recovered from the closets. The affidavit states, "During the search warrant 17 glass pipes, miscellaneous glass pipe parts with residue, baggies with white residue and torches were found in multiple rooms and closets inside the home." Officers shared that a field test confirmed that the substances were meth.
The documents state, "The urine test on Scott was ordered by the hospital because she had only one ob/gyn visit during her pregnancy, which is atypical." The pair were arrested and also charged with two counts of felony child endangerment and one misdemeanor count of abandoning or endangering children. Schultz shared, "The child has been put into protective custody with foster parents."
The couple appeared in the Teton County Circuit Court on Friday afternoon. According to Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan, "These are very serious charges. I certainly think we need some drug testing and evaluation."
Judge James Radda has set Tosha's bail at $5,000 cash or surety. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for around 2 pm on December 26. Ringer shared with the court that he would hire his own lawyer so Radda ordered him to appear in court on December 20 for a status hearing. The court also set his bail at $5,000 cash or surety.