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BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon woman was arrested for child neglect creating risk of injury after sheriff’s deputies found her allegedly under the influence of meth and wandering outside with her child in cold temperatures.

Brandi D. Morris, 30, was carrying her 6-year-old son and screaming excessively loud, prompting a 911 call on Feb. 18. When Deputy Tyler Gordon and Sgt. Marshall Powers arrived, they found Morris and the child on Valley Green Drive and Holbrook Road. Morris screamed at the officers on scene and displayed several signs of impairment by methamphetamine, according to the criminal complaint in the  Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Morris allegedly had severely dilated pupils, lack of response to direct light, extremely paranoid behavior and a severe chapped mouth area.

Gordon wrote in the criminal complaint that the temperature was 38 degrees and neither Morris nor the child had shoes or a jacket on. The child had a pair of yellow sweatpants on with a T-shirt and appeared to have a severe head cold, according to the criminal complaint.

“The defendant had no idea where she was going or who was around her,” Gordon wrote in the criminal complaint.

Morris allegedly resisted as Gordon and Marshall restrained her and tried to get her in the cruiser. Drug testing determined Morris allegedly snorted methamphetamine earlier that evening.

Morris was arrested for child neglect creating risk of injury, obstructing an officer and intoxication in public places, all misdemeanors.

Magistrate Mike Coffman set bond at $85,000 — $60,000 surety and $25,000 cash only.

If convicted, Morris faces up to six months in jail and a fine of $100 to $1,000 for child neglect creating risk of injury; a $50 to $500 fine and/or confinement in jail for not more than a year for obstructing; and a $5 to $100 fine for public intoxication.



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