Authorities: Cushing mom arrested after child found putting dangerous chemicals in milk

Melanie Arnold (Nacogdoches County Jail)
Melanie Arnold (Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County Sheriff's investigators arrested a 31-year-old Cushing woman Monday after they went to her house and found two small children unattended. One child was playing in the roadway, and the other was playing with dangerous chemicals.

Melanie Rose Arnold is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on two second-degree felony charges of abandoning or endangering a child. No bail has been set at this time.

According to a Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office incident report, when NCSO investigators went to Arnold's residence in the 200 block of 2nd Street in Cushing at approximately 2 p.m., they found the two small children without any adult supervision. Both kids were in and out of the house.

One child was playing in the roadway. The second child was putting the dangerous chemicals in his milk, according to the incident report. Arnold was allegedly found asleep in a bedroom.

Further investigation revealed that Arnold had a history with Child Protective Services. CPS was notified, and Arnold was arrested at the scene.

Monday's arrest wasn't Arnold's first run-in with the law. In April 2012, Arnold and Jacory Bussey were arrested after a Nacogdoches County constable and Nacogdoches Police Department served a search warrant at a residence on Westview Street.

A search of the residence yielded 15 grams of crack cocaine, four grams of powder cocaine, 41 ecstasy pills, half a gram of meth, three pounds of marijuana and four marijuana plants, then-Precinct 4 Constable Jason Bridges said in a previous East Texas News story.

At the time authorities served the search warrant, there were two young children under the age of 5 living with Arnold and Bussey, Bridges said. Some of the drugs were found hidden in boxes of cookies in the home's pantry and were easily accessible.

Bridges said the investigation began in March 2012, after his office seized drugs during a traffic stop. Further investigation revealed that the drugs were connected to the house on Westview Street.

At the time, both Arnold and Bussey were charged with second-degree felony counts of possession of a controlled substance, state-jail felony possession of marijuana, and state-jail felony child endangerment.

Bridges said in 2012 that most of the drugs were easily accessible to the children, both under the age of three. There was also a short-barrel shotgun found beside the bed that was lying within arm's reach of them, he said.

The children were checked out medically, Bridges said in 2012. Drug screens for both children came back positive for cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

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