Former Lufkin resident who exposed baby to meth arrested for probation violations

Former Lufkin resident who exposed baby to meth arrested for probation violations

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office picked up a 21-year-old Marshall man who exposed his baby to meth on an outstanding warrant for motion to adjudicate guilt for child endangerment because he allegedly violated the conditions of his probation.

Dakota Gabbard is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony motion to adjudicate guilt-child endangerment charge and a Class C misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge. No bail amounts have been set at this time.

Dustin Fore, a supervisor with Angelina County's Adult Probation Department, said that Gabbard was arrested in Harrison County back in December of 2014 for two Class C misdemeanors - minor consuming alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia.

"Harrison County CSCD was supervising him as a courtesy to Angelina County at this time," Fore said. "When we attempted to address the violation, he stopped reporting and missed a hearing with the 159th District Court judge."

Gabbard also failed to pay court-ordered fines and fees, failed to keep suitable employment, used alcohol, and failed to complete the community services listed on the motion to adjudicate, Fore said.

The original offense occurred in June of 2013. At the time, Gabbard's baby was 10 months old. Gabbard and Courtney Oder, the child's mother, were both arrested and charged with state-jail felony child endangerment.

According to the arrest affidavit, an ACSO investigator was contacted by a case worker in regard to a positive drug test performed on Oder's child on March 18, 2013. CPS officials conducted a hair test on the child, who resided with Oder and the child's father, Dakota Gabbard at a residence in the 200 block of Briar Hill Rd and the sample tested positive for meth.

In a previous East Texas News story Lt. Pete Maskunas of the Angelina County Sheriff's Office stated that Gabbard was never caught in possession of meth.

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