Chuckey parents jailed on child abuse and neglect charges; deputy says father admitted to meth use

Becky Campbell • Sep 6, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Parents of two young children were jailed Thursday on child abuse and neglect charges after law enforcement learned the father had smoked meth and used intravenous drugs inside the residence and the mother wasn't supposed to be living there, according to court documents.

Gregory W. Lynthacum, 49, and Dawn M. Langer, 37, both of 453 1/2 Horse Creek Road, were both arraigned in Washington County General Sessions Court Friday on two counts of child abuse and neglect. The two are not married, but are the parents of a 6 and 8-year-old living there.

Washington County Sheriff's Deputy John Foister responded to the couple's residence after the Department of Children's Services went there to check on the children and found drugs inside the home.

According to a court document Foister filed in the case, Langer — who was not supposed to be living with her children — gave him permission to search the residence. Lynchacum had been awarded full custody of the children and was their primary caregiver after Langer had been deemed an unfit mother, according to the warrants. She had been court ordered to only supposed have supervised visitation with the children.

During his search, Foister found drug paraphernalia, including a syringe, spoon and piece of aluminum foil containing methamphetamine residue. Langer told the officer — and Lynchacum confirmed the information — that Lynchacum shot up drugs and the oldest child had watched him "and the child knew what he was doing."

Lynchacum told Foister that he usually smokes the meth outside, but admitted to "smoking one pull of methamphetamine in the residence earlier in the day."

Langer told the officer the property belongs to Lynchacum, but she and the children had been living there since early 2012.

Foister stated in the affidavit that he felt Langer failed to "provide a healthy and safe environment for her two children by not doing everything in her power to prevent contact with drug abuse."

Lynchacum was held on a $5,000 bond and Langer had a $2,000 bond. Their preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

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