CPS removes children from Como home; 2-year-old tests positive for methamphetamine

By FAITH HUFFMAN, News-Telegram News Editor

March 20, 2008 - A 25-year-old Como woman and her boyfriend were jailed Wednesday on charges of endangering a child after the woman's 2-year-old tested positive for methamphetamine.

Child Protective Services removed at least two children from the home Tuesday, according to sheriff's reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Office Chief Investigator Andy Chester and Deputy Jason Poteet served the two Como residents with the felony warrants Tuesday, Courtni Brooke McGary at 2:05 p.m. and her boyfriend, 24-year-old Bobby Jo "Bob Chop" Hutson, at 10:41 p.m. at their residence.

The arrests are the result of a lengthy investigation by sheriff's investigators.

"We've been working for a while looking at them, gathering information," said HCSO Investigator Lewis Tatum. "When we received information children were involved, we contacted CPS. They went out and investigated."

Tatum said CPS workers drug-tested at least one 2-year-old child. The youngster tested positive for methamphetamine, according to CPS records.

When the drug test revealed traces of the narcotic in the child's system, CPS notified sheriff's investigators, who sought warrants for the arrest of the mother and boyfriend. HCSO officers obtained the warrants and arrested Hutson and McGary Wednesday.

At least two young children were removed from the home by CPS workers Tuesday.

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