Affidavit: Zavalla woman, ex-husband smoked meth in kids' playroom

Affidavit: Zavalla woman, ex-husband smoked meth in kids' playroom

A 34-year-old Zavalla woman went to jail on a felony injury to a child charge Thursday in connection to allegations that she and her ex-husband smoked meth in her kids' playroom.

"I'm glad that we were able to get this off the streets of Zavalla," said Steve Drumm, Chief of Zavalla Police Department. "We want our residents to know it's something we're not going to tolerate."

Daphne Diane Crenshaw was booked into the Angelina County Jail Thursday on a felony endangering a child - imminent danger of bodily injury. She posted a $2,500 bail and was released later that day.

According to the arrest affidavit, Zavalla and Huntington Police officers went to serve a felony arrest warrant for another charge at Crenshaw's residence in the 200 E. Main Street, and they discovered clear baggies “known to be packaging for illegal substances” and a syringe on top of a desk in the bedroom.

In addition, there were open medicine bottles on the desk as well, the affidavit stated.

Crenshaw allegedly denied having any medical problems requiring syringes. She gave the Zavalla PD officers consent to take the baggies that contained methamphetamine. The affidavit also stated she told them a loaded syringe was in a clothes drawer, other syringes were in the desk drawer, and two baggies containing meth behind the mattress.

According to the affidavit, Crenshaw told the police officers that she was a good mother, and she didn't want to lose her kids. She told the police that she was trying to be honest with them.

The affidavit stated that Crenshaw had been lying on a bed with her one-year-old son and that the two baggies with meth and drug paraphernalia were within easy reach of the child.

"She does have previous charges before and convictions for child endangerment,"said Drumm.

“Crenshaw stated that she and her ex-husband had just smoked meth in the kids' playroom,” the affidavit stated.

Crenshaw's mother was contacted, and she took custody of the children at the scene. In addition, Child Protective Services was contacted.

On Nov. 4, the Zavalla Police Department received word from a CPS investigator that Crenshaw's one-year-old son had tested positive for over 9,500 units of meth, the affidavit stated.

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) - This number is in the highest range of meth use and puts the child in category of "constant use," Drumm said.

The Zavalla Police Department obtained the endangering a child warrant on Nov. 5.

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