Infant that tested positive for meth in Choctaw Co. placed in new home

CHOCTAW CO., OK -- Officials say a Choctaw County infant that tested positive for meth has been placed in a new home.

A search warrant on a Hugo home Saturday netted law enforcement 57 grams of meth and four arrests. During the search authorities found two children under the age of 10.

The warrant came down after an 11 month old infant tested positive for methamphetamines last Wednesday.

"I was pretty shocked," said Choctaw County Chief Deputy Larry Hendrix. "I mean it's not uncommon in our society today for a baby to test positive for drugs at birth, but this is the first time in my career I've seen one at 11 months old."

Hugo residents Kelly Hammack, Carney Hood and Randolph Short, and Robert Ashley of Rattan face charges ranging from child neglect to assault and battery of a police officer to drug charges.

Officials say homeowner Randolph Short is on federal parole until 2017 on drug charges.

A fifth arrest made Tuesday put local attorney, John Bounds, behind bars for trafficking drugs. He has since bonded out.

"When you've you got a home with that kind of narcotics activity and you have kids in and out, that's just a really bad situation," said Hendrix

Hendrix says he doesn't think the baby was injected with meth.

"We suspect that there could have been some drug use in the presence of the baby smoking the methamphetamine or possibly could of ingested something that it picked up," said Hendrix.

Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park was upset at the judge for Bounds' low bond. He says bond was set at $250,000 for a Fort Towson man arrested for 24 grams of meth in December, while Bounds' bond was set at $50,000 for 57 grams.

Bounds had his initial court appearance Wednesday. Investigators say they expect more arrests in the case.


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