Two people have been arrested in Hays under suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine with children in the home.  Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees told Hays Post the two were arrested Thursday, December 26 in the 700 block of East 6th street and are currently being held for attempted and/or manufacturing of methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, and aggravated endangering a child for production of methamphetamine around a child.

Drees says the suspects, 32 year old Rickey Leon Kyger Jr. and 23 year old Sahara Dawn Freeman, were living in the Springfield, Missouri area until recently.  He said the two moved to Hays to help care for Kyger’s 10 year old niece and 7 year old nephew.  Officers arrested the two suspects at their residence Thursday evening.  According to the Hays Police Department, the children were not in the home at the time of the arrest.

Both are being held in the Ellis County Jail. Freeman is being held on a $50,000 bond.  Kyger is being held on a $100,000 bond.  Kyger is also being held on a warrant out of Springfield for probation violation.  On May 30 2013 he was sentenced to probation for possession and manufacturing of methamphetamine.

The Hays Police Department, Ellis County Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Kansas Bureau of Investigation collaborated on the investigation and were on site during the arrest.



  1. KC says:

    I’d like to see folks making meth in hotels where children also stay and those who make or smoke it on airplanes where children are also present to be held to a stiffer penalties for child endangerment.

  2. Doc says:

    I think that does apply in some cases, but unfortunately not all.

  3. c says:

    They were caught cooking meth in a hotel in Springfield. Then went on the run to Kansas where they got caught again