Chattanooga trio charged with child neglect

CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF) – An investigation by the Department of Child Services has resulted in three adults being charged with child neglect among other criminal charges related to illegal drugs.

According to an arrest affidavit obtained by News 12, A DCS investigator told police he was notified about children being in a motel room at the Hamilton Inn on Lee Highway where there was a suspicion of meth manufacturing.

According to the affidavit, when police entered the room, they discovered two baggies of meth like substances, a heat source of propane, isopropyl and acetone under the bathroom sink.  They also found a large sharpie marker with a hidden that contained more meth.

A further search of the room turned up 120 MG of Pseudoephedrine, a loaded firearm, marijuana and more drug paraphernalia.

According to both police and the DCS investigator, there were two children in the room but none of them had any burns or marks on them that would suggest meth was being cooked in the room.

Both children were turned over to a family member.

Misty Wilcox aka Misty Spurling, 37, of Chattanooga, Samantha Kelley, 27, of Chattanooga and Steven Willingham, 35, of Chattanooga were all arrested and charged with:

  • Two counts of child neglect
  • Illegal possession of a firearm
  • Two counts of a possessing a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia

All three suspects will be arraigned in court this Thursday.


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