Carter County deputies arrested a 36-year-old mother Thursday afternoon when they found her holding a pillow over the face of her toddler in an attempt to prevent officers and DHS child welfare workers from discovering them inside a mobile home on No Man Road.
Sheriff Milton Anthony said Melisa J. Moore was taken into custody shortly before 1 p.m., along with 22-year-old Stetson Gibbs, who was also at the rural Healdton residence. Moore was booked into the Carter County Detention Center pending charges of child endangerment and unlawful possession of marijuana. Gibbs was booked in on pending charges of cultivation of marijuana and an outstanding warrant charging him with unlawful possession of marijuana.
Anthony said the deputies had initially only gone to the residence to provide routine agency assistance to the DHS child welfare workers who were conducting a welfare check.
“They (deputies) knocked on the door. No one would answer, and when they got inside, they found the mother holding the pillow over the child’s face. The deputies yelled at her to drop the pillow. She did,” the sheriff said, adding the child was taken into protective custody.
An investigation that was launched as a result of the mother’s actions uncovered the drugs.
Moore and Gibbs were released Friday from the CCDC, but were ordered to appear Monday in Carter County District Court to face charges in connection with the case.