JASPER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Jasper County Sheriff's Office arrested a man and a woman on child endangerment charges on April 28 after a Child Protective Services investigation revealed that they had both used meth while the woman's 1-year-old boy and baby boy were in her care.
Georgia Jenette Kincheloe, 31, and Benny Earl Murphy II, both of Buna, were each charged with endangering a child with imminent danger of bodily injury and booked into the Jasper County Jail. Each person's bail amount was set at $25,000.
Kincheloe was released from after she posted bail on April 29, and Murphy posted bail and was released a day later.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Jasper County Sheriff's Office lieutenant spoke with a CPS investigator about the case involving Kincheloe and Murphy on April 27. The CPS investigator said the case involved Kincheloe's 1-year-old and infant sons.
The CPS investigator's report stated that Kincheloe admitted to using methamphetamine "while the children were in her care, custody, and control," the affidavit stated. In addition, the CPS investigator told the JCSO lieutenant that Kincheloe was intoxicated on meth when a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested her on March 21 for driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 in the car.
At the time of Kincheloe's arrest, both of her children were in their car seats, but they were not restrained, the affidavit stated. The CPS investigator also told he JCSO lieutenant that the children were dirty, had soiled diapers, and appeared to be hungry.
"She also stated that one of the children was found chewing on a tourniquet which was suspected to have been used by Kincheloe due to her stating to [the CPS investigator] that she had injected meth intravenously," the affidavit stated. "[The CPS investigator] stated that Kincheloe advised she had relapsed and began using methamphetamines on March 19."
The CPS investigator's report also stated that Murphy admitted in court that he would test positive for meth and marijuana, the affidavit stated. The report also stated that, according to the DPS trooper that arrested Kincheloe for DWI with a child under the age of 15, Murphy is living at her address, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the CPS investigator told the JCSO lieutenant that her final findings were "neglectful supervision of both children by both Kincheloe and Murphy." One of Kincheloe's sons tested positive for amphetamines, methamphetamines, and marijuana, the affidavit stated. The other child allegedly tested positive for meth.