A Country Place couple escaped jail time after they entered guilty pleas to charges they used drugs in front of their young children.
The couple, Eric Lynn Anderson, 25, and Abby R. Anderson, 24, entered guilty pleas before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to charges of attempted child neglect. Mr. Anderson was given an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence and released on time served. Mrs. Anderson was granted an 11-29 judicial diversion, meaning she can have her criminal conviction erased from her record after her probation is finished. They were both ordered to undergo parenting classes.
They were charged after police came to their apartment to check out a report they had been using drugs in front of their children, ages 1 and 2. The officers were told the couple was crushing up pills and snorting them with their children present.
“Both of them exhibited signs of having snorted drugs,” said McMinnville Police Sgt. Kenneth Seagraves. “They both had pill residue inside their noses.”
Mr. Anderson admitted to police he and his wife had snorted his hydrocodone pills – drugs that he had been legally prescribed. Police noted a check of Anderson’s medicine bottle revealed he had the hydrocodone filled nine days prior to his arrest with 90 pills in the bottle. There were none of those 90 pills left when police arrived.
“On the stove, within reach of the children, was a plate with a rolled up $10 bill used for snorting drugs,” Seagraves reported, noting Mr. Anderson was brazen enough to use his probation officer’s card to help cut his drugs. “His CPS probation card had been used to rake the drugs across the plate. The two children could have easily ingested the drugs within their reach.”