A second suspect has been arrested and charged with endangering a child after a three-month-old baby girl tested positive for methamphetamine.
Kenneth Laws, 40, of Stephenville, was arrested Monday at the Erath County Jail after he showed up to post bond for his live-in girlfriend, Tamra Kay Goins.
Goins, 28, was arrested last week by sheriff's deputies after tests showed that her daughter had methamphetamine in her system. Authorities allege that Laws and Goins used meth in the child's presence.
Investigator Donnie Hensley said the sheriff's department became involved with the case at the request of Child Protective Services. Hensley said test results showed the baby had “high levels” of meth in her system. The child was removed from the home by CPS.
On Tuesday, there was a custody hearing to determine if the baby should remain in foster care. Both the baby's biological father, George Ballis, of Granbury, and Goins asked the court for custody of the child, but District Court Judge Don Jones denied each of their requests.
Citing a “continuing danger” to the child, Jones ordered that the child remain in foster care.
“It's absolutely amazing to me that a three-month-old child could test positive for methamphetamine,” Jones said.
SARA VANDEN BERGE is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at 254-968-2379, ext. 240.