A call of concern about a children sent Carter County deputies to a Springer residence earlier this week and what they found were two neglected preschoolers and methamphetamine.
Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant says 27-year-old Holley M. Spears, 42-year-old Rose B. Kelley and 30-year-old Brandon Fines were all arrested without incident. Bryant said when deputies arrived they found two children inside the Hereford Road house and both women in possession of methamphetamine. The children were taken into protective custody and turned over to the care of Department of Human Services child welfare workers. The trio was booked into the Carter County Detention Center.
Assistant District Attorney Melissa Handke filed charges of child neglect against all three suspects. The charge accuses them of “permitting the children to live in a filthy home with dog feces, inadequate bathroom facilities and permitting the children to be present in a home where drugs were used and possessed … ”
During initial appearances Tuesday, a $30,000 bond was set on the charge against Fines. In addition, to the child neglect charge, Spears, who was already wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant linked to a March charge of possession of methamphetamine, was charged again with the same crime. She was given a $1,500 cash only bond. Spears was also ordered to have no contact with the children found in the house if she posts bond. Kelley was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and faces an after former conviction attachment to the pair of charges against her. She was given a $2,000 cash only bond.
Fines has posted bond and was released from the CCDC. The two women remain detained pending the posting of their bonds. All three are scheduled for case conferences on June. 8.