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Three Arrested On Child Abuse & Meth Charges

Heather Boggess

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office has arrested three after being called to Southport Elementary School after a report of possible child neglect.

A five year old child complained of leg pain and tooth pain at the elementary school today. The teacher discovered she had blisters and burns from her knees to her ankles and her teeth were rotten. The child was taken to a local hospital for medical attention.

Contact was made with Jessica Morris, the child’s mother, at her residence on Buchanan Street in Southport. Investigators, accompanied by the Department of Children and Families, (DCF), found conditions in the home deplorable. Morris also had a 10 year old child in the home. This child also had rotten teeth.

Morris stated she had been heating water on a plug-in heating element and spilled the water on the 5 year old. The child stated to investigators the ten year old was cooking ramen noodles and the water was accidentally spilled. The incident happened last Sunday, five days ago.

Due to conditions in the home and the failure of Morris, age 29, to obtain medical care for the five year old in the five days since the incident, she was charged with three counts of Child Neglect.

A search of the home was conducted and investigators found drug paraphernalia, which tested positive for methamphetamine. Morris was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine. Two other adults in the home, Heather Boggess, age 34, and Christopher Boggess, age 29, were also arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of Methamphetamine.

The children were placed in the custody of DCF and are awaiting placement.

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