Jasper parents arrested after their kids tested positive for meth, amphetamine

Jasper parents arrested after their kids tested positive for meth, amphetamine
Quience Fowler (Jasper County Jail)
Quience Fowler (Jasper County Jail)
Demetra Harris (Jasper County Jail)
Demetra Harris (Jasper County Jail)

JASPER, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Jasper Police Department arrested a man and a woman Sunday in connection to allegations that their children, ages 2 years and 7 months tested positive for meth and amphetamine back in July.

Quience Fowler, 24, and Demetra Harris, 29, both of Jasper, were both arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment, which is a felony. Collectively, their bail amounts were each set at $10,000.

According to a press release, a Jasper Police Department investigator met with a Child Protective Services investigator on July 25. The CPS investigator told him a concerned citizen spoke to her about Fowler and Harris and said that she feared for their children's safety.

It was brought to the CPS investigator's attention that Fowler is abusing drugs, the affidavit stated.

As a result, the CPS official started an investigation.

The CPS investigator went to Harris' apartment on June 8 and met the two children, ages 2 and 7 months. She requested that Harris take a drug test, and she refused, the affidavit stated. Harris said she would take the test the next day.

Harris told the CPS investigator that Fowler is the father of her two children, the affidavit stated. She allegedly told the investigator she didn't understand why Fowler needed to take a drug test because he did not live there.

According to the affidavit, Harris submitted a hair follicle sample for drug screening on July 11. Hair samples were taken from her children as well.

When the results came back from the Texas Alcohol and Drug Testing Service on July 18, they showed that Harris tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine, the affidavit stated. Both children also tested positive for meth and amphetamine.

After CPS officials learned of the drug test results, they conducted an emergency removal of the two children, the affidavit stated.

As of July 25, Fowler had refused to submit a sample for drug testing, and he has stated that he won't do so until he is ordered to do so by the courts, the affidavit stated.

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