HOUSTON, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Houston County Sheriff's Office arrested a couple for child endangerment after the boyfriend was found lying near Highway 287 just north of Grapeland Saturday with apparent head injuries.
When the deputies talked to the man's fiancé at the hospital, she allegedly told them that she and her significant other had smoked methamphetamine in the presence of their children, ages 4 and 5.
James Lewis Gaylord, 23, and Ashlie Marie White, 25, both of Elkhart, are still being held in the Houston County Jail on state-jail felony child endangerment charges. No information was available on their respective bail amounts.
According to the identical arrest affidavits, two Houston County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched out to Highway 287 just north of Grapeland in reference to a man lying near the road. When they arrived on the scene, they found Gaylord, who was "incoherent and had apparent injuries to the head."
Not too long after that, Gaylord's family arrived as well and informed the deputies that Gaylord had gotten into a fight with his brother at a residence in the 600 block of E. FM 228 and was still under the influence of an unidentified narcotic, according to the affidavit. Gaylord was transported to the hospital for treatment.
The deputies detained the brother, who was identified as the primary aggressor in the altercation, until they could investigate further, and took him back to the house on FM 228. While there were there gathering witness statements, White allegedly told the deputies that she and Gaylord had used a pipe to smoke meth in the presence of their two children, ages 4 and 5.
"It was determined that the altercation that happened earlier was due to the use of [meth] being smoked in the residence by Ashlie Mary White and James Lewis Gaylord in the presence of children," the affidavit stated.