Couple accused of smoking pot in front of 10 month oldPublished 6:02am Wednesday, April 3, 2013
A Russellville couple accused of smoking marijuana in the same room with their 10-month-old child was indicted by the March grand jury, officials said.
Nicholas Shane Hill, 23, and Lakesha Sartin, 18, both of 218 Ash Ave., Russellville, were indicted for chemical endangerment of a minor, second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said.
According to Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett, officers with the Lynn Police Department contacted the Russellville Police Department on Aug. 24, 2012, after visiting the residence where Hill and Sartin lived.
Hargett said the Lynn police officers were investigating a theft that had occurred in their jurisdiction in which Hill and Sartin were suspects.
Hargett said when the officers arrived at the home, they witnessed Hill smoking marijuana with his 10-month-old child in the same room.
Hargett said the Lynn officers contacted Russellville investigators, who went to the scene.
“When investigators arrived on the scene, the smell of marijuana in the home was overwhelming,” investigator Lt. Scotty Lowery said.
“We recovered a small amount of marijuana, items of drug paraphernalia, and numerous items of stolen jewelry connected to the crime the Lynn police were in the area investigating.”
Lowery said the Franklin County Department of Human Resources removed the child from the home and placed the child in the care of family members at the time of Hill and Sartin’s arrest.
Rushing said both cases should be placed on the May arraignment docket and scheduled for the criminal trial docket in June.