CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A 26-year-old Elkhart woman accepted a plea bargain agreement on Friday for smoking methamphetamine with her boyfriend in the presence of their children, ages 4 and 5 and received five years of deferred adjudication.
As part of the agreement, Ashlie Marie White pleaded guilty to a state-jail felony endangering a child charge. Deferred adjudication is basically the same thing as probation. If White stays out of trouble with the law for the full five-year period, the child endangerment charge will be dropped from her criminal record.
Back in November 2013, deputies with the Houston County Sheriff's Office arrested the couple after James Lewis Gaylord, White's boyfriend, was found lying near Highway 287 just north of Grapeland.
When the deputies talked to White 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.
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.
Houston County District Attorney Donna Kaspar said that no court date has been set for Gaylord yet because he has criminal charges pending in Anderson County.