A Eupora couple was arrested last week on felony drug and child endangerment charges.
The two were charged after the Webster County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at 65 E. Shore Drive on Aug. 1.
Kim Hollinger, 32, was arrested the same date on charges of felony possession of meth, misdemeanor possession of paraphernalia and child abuse (endangerment). Kerri Brown, 51, was arrested Aug. 4 on charges of felony possession of controlled substance and child abuse (endangerment).
Charging affidavits filed by Sgt. Brandon Chaille, narcotics officer with the WCSO, allege the two possessed meth at that address on Aug. 1. The paraphernalia was described as syringes and a glass pipe.
The deputy also charged both with endangering the health of a 3-year-old male child by permitting him to be present in the possession or use of a controlled substance. Chaille said the child tested positive for the presence of meth.
The Sheriff’s Office and Mississippi Department of Protective Services are working together but conducting separate investigations. Sheriff David Gore and the Sheriff’s Office will increase their assistance to CPS where living conditions involve children being exposed to drugs, according to Chaille.
“CPS will drug-test if allegations are made that parents are using drugs,” he added.
Justice Court Judge Rebecca Ellison has set bond at $21,000 for Hollinger and $20,000 for Brown. She appointed Stephanie Mallette to represent Hollinger and Austin Vollor to represent Brown as public defenders. The defendants remained in custody as of Monday pending an Aug. 16 trial date.
Their arrests follow an unrelated case in which two other people were each charged with three counts of child abuse (endangerment) on West Fox Avenue on July 15. As previously reported, Chaille said three children ages 2 and under were in a house where drugs were being sold and used.
One of those arrested was also charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of possession. A third person in the house was charged with two counts of felony possession.