Police say man used meth near toddler
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:13 AM
Charges were filed Monday against a Greenville man alleged to have used meth near a Greenwood Mill Village toddler.
Stephen Turnage, 22, of Greenville, was charged with unlawful neglect by legal custodian in connection with the incident.
Department of Social Services caseworkers contacted a county Drug Enforcement Unit agent last month and informed him about reports the suspect and another woman were using the drug at a home along Lowell Avenue in the presence of a 2-year-old girl. The woman, 28-year-old Tami Denise Knight Harrison, of 404 Lowell Ave., was arrested Aug. 15 and charged with unlawful neglect of a child. According to a Greenwood County incident report, Turnage was arrested when agents responded to the home Aug. 12 and booked him on a possession of a controlled substance charge after officers found him with "ice," and he said he'd used the drug shortly before their arrival.
DSS conducted an investigation and drug tested the two suspects as well as the toddler through hair samples, and all three tested positive for meth. DSS workers considered their levels of the drug to be "extremely high." The tests showed the child with a level of 14,062 picograms per milligram in her system, which, according to DSS officials, suggested she was in direct contact with the drug. Turnage showed a result of 25,442 pg/mg while Harrison had 2,779 pg/mg in her system.