LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 35-year-old woman Sunday evening after they went to an apartment on John Redditt Drive on a child welfare check and allegedly found that she had meth within easy reach of her 2-year-old daughter.
Crystal Castilleja, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on two state-jail felony charges - possession of a controlled substance less than 1 gram and endangering a child. No bail amounts have been set for her charges yet.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lufkin PD officers were dispatched to an apartment complex located at 3507 N. John Redditt Drive after the child's father asked the police department to do a welfare check on her. He told police that Castilleja was possibly intoxicated on methamphetamine, the affidavit stated.
When the LPD officers got to the apartment, Castilleja was holding her daughter when she opened the door.
The affidavit stated that it was "very apparent that [Castilleja] was intoxicated on some unknown substance." Castilleja allegedly showed signs of being intoxicated on meth like sores on her face, paranoia, and an inability to sit still.
While one officer was walking through the bedroom where the 2-year-old girl sleeps, he noticed a purse and asked Castilleja if it was hers. After she said it was, she removed a "cut straw," which is something often used by people who use meth and a small white box before she told the LPD officer he could search her purse, the affidavit stated.
"Crystal then began acting very erratic and upset," the affidavit stated.
Castilleja then allegedly told the Lufkin PD officer that meth was in the box. The officer checked the box and found meth, the affidavit stated.
At that point, Castilleja was put in handcuffs and taken out to an LPD patrol unit. She was then taken to the county jail.
Another Lufkin PD officer stayed with the 2-year-old girl until her father showed up at the apartment to take custody of her. While he was there, he could see that the child was very curious and noticed that she was constantly running around the house taking things off of night stands and playing with them, the affidavit stated.
The purse had been on the edge of a dresser in the bedroom, which was within easy reach of the child, the affidavit stated.
Later, the LPD officer who stayed with the little girl learned from the other officer that Castilleja admitted to him on the way to the jail that she had smoked meth earlier that day, the affidavit stated.