POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Polk County Sheriff's Office have arrested a 46-year-old woman on felony child endangerment charges after the two young grandchildren that live with her tested positive for meth.
Ritha Gay Arredondo, of Livingston, was booked into the Polk County Jail on two state-jail felony endangering a child charges. She was no longer being held in the jail as of 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
According to the arrest affidavits that East Texas News obtained Tuesday, Arredondo endangered her two grandchildren on or about Jan. 27. Both children, a boy and a girl, are under the age of 15.
Child Protective Services opened an investigation into the case earlier this year. A CPS investigator went a home in Livingston where Arredondo lived with her grandchildren and found that Arredondo "provided an environment where the children could be exposed to methamphetamine."
"Affiant shall show adults overdose and die on methamphetamine daily, adults get hurt while under the influence of methamphetamine, and methamphetamine causes long lasting effects to adults' ability to complete daily activities and some abilities are forever changed," the affidavit stated. "Affiant shall show that the effects in adults using methamphetamine have caused serious, long lasting health problems, and this is a child younger than the age of five years."
Hair follicle tests done on both children resulted in them testing positive for meth, the affidavits stated.