HUNTINGTON, TX (KTRE) - Officers with two Deep East Texas law enforcement agencies arrested the parents of a 1-year-old boy on child endangerment charges on June 24 after the child tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine.
Andrew Allen Dorsey, 21, and Meshell Cherie Dye, 21, both of Huntington, are both still being held in the Angelina County Jail. They were each charged with state-jail felony endangering a child. Dorsey was also charged with state-jail felony criminal mischief between $1,500 and $20,000 and Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief between $100 and $750.
Collectively, Dorsey's bail has been set at $5,000 for the two felony charges. A $1,500 bail amount has been recommended for his misdemeanor charge. Dye's bail amount has been set at $2,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Huntington Police Department officer was contacted by a Child Protective Services investigator on June 16 in regard to a child endangerment chase. The CPS investigator told the HPD officer that she was working a case where both parents and their 1-year-old boy all tested positive for amphetamine and meth.
When the CPS investigator made contact with Dye and her son, they were staying at a friend's house in the 600 block of Pine Street. The CPS investigator told the Huntington PD officer that she had heard drug use was taking place at that location, so she told Dye to leave and go back to living with the child's grandparents, the affidavit.
The 1-year-old child was tested for drugs on April 25, and he tested positive for amphetamine and meth, the affidavit stated. Amphetamine and meth allegedly also showed up in his system when he was tested again on May 31.
Dye was tested on the same dates as her son. Both times, she tested positive for meth and marijuana, and at the time of the second drug test, Dye also had amphetamine in her system, the affidavit stated.
When Dorsey was tested at the Texas Alcohol and Drug Testing Service on May 31, he tested positive for amphetamine, meth, and marijuana, the affidavit stated.
The CPS investigator told the Huntington PD officer that she believed both parents were well aware of their son's well-being and that their behavior, actions, and the environment they put their son in put the 1-year-old boy in danger, the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, the 1-year-old boy has been placed into his grandparents' custody, and he has since been seen by a medical professional. The boy is "doing fine with no injuries or further problems resulting from the positive test results," the affidavit stated.