Four Rhea County residents are facing charges after a 4-year-old child in their care tested positive for methamphetamine, according to Rhea County
Four Rhea County residents are facing charges after a 4-year-old child in their care tested positive for methamphetamine, according to Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Rocky Potter.
Potter told us two homes in Graysville appeared to be involved in a drug operation.
One residence was home to Justin Keylon and Tiffany Goodwin, and the other residence was home to Donna Galentine and Deara Devaney.
Devaney had custody of the 4-year-old boy, who was a relative of the family.
A surveillance team set up an operation to watch the houses and later heard from investigators that the child was present during the sale of drugs and was present when drugs were being used.
The Rhea County Sheriff’s Office decided to raid the homes and organized a 12-person team to pull it off.
During the raids police say they found multiple guns, fentanyl, methamphetamine and other narcotics spread between the homes.
They also found the 4-year old asleep in a room near some fentanyl.
Officers called an ambulance to the scene to check on the child; he was later turned over to a representative for the Department of Children’s Services.
Potter told us a hair follicle test was performed on the 4-year-old, and the test results came back as positive for methamphetamine.
The child is currently with another family member whom the state of Tennessee deemed safe.
Keylon, Goodwin, Galentine and Devaney are each facing one charge of felony child endangerment, which can be enhanced due to the child’s age.