Out of county warrant leads to drug, child cruelty charges
Nevada County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two South County residents on child cruelty charges after allegedly finding drugs and paraphernalia within reach of a 3 year old. The child was taken into custody by Child Protective Services and taken to a nearby hospital.
Deputies were assisting Placer County personnel in serving an out-of-county warrant on the 23000 block of Rosewood Road at approximately 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night. During that warrant service they also contacted Vicki Charlene Moman, 40, and John Trinidad Lemas, 52, both of whom are listed as Auburn residents.
Lemas was found to be on probation, with a search and seizure clause.
During the subsequent search, they reportedly found suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, multiple smoking pipes for both drugs and a number of empty baggies containing suspected drug residue.
Officers also allege that a 3-year-old boy had been sleeping on a mattress in Lemas’s bedroom within 2-3 feet of narcotics and paraphernalia.
“As they were conducting their probation search, they found a bunch of drugs and drug paraphernalia within easy access of the juvenile,” said NCSO Capt. Jeff Pettitt. “He could just grab it.”
“They also found some hypodermic needles underneath the cushion of the couch, which the 3 year old could easily get to,” Pettitt said. “County-wide protocol for any child that’s drug endangered is to take them to the hospital and make sure they haven’t ingested anything.”
Moman was charged with possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia, as well as child cruelty with possible injury or death. Lemas was charged with child cruelty with possible injury or death, as well as being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.
“Mr. Lemas had keys to an outdoor shed, and when we went out to the shed we found three long guns, a revolver and miscellaneous ammunition,” Pettitt said.
To contact Staff Writer Dave Brooksher, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4230.
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