SEYMOUR – A Seymour couple was arrested on Wednesday after toxicology testing found an extremely high level of meth in a 19-month-old toddler.
Police arrested the toddler’s mother 29-year-old Mariah Newman and her boyfriend 28-year-old Zachary Lett, on a felony charge of neglect of a dependant.
According to a press release by Seymour Police Lt. CJ Foster, on June 13, 2021, the child was brought to the emergency room at Schneck Medical Center. The toddler was in a serious health emergency. Hospital staff discovered the child tested positive for amphetamines.
The child was transferred to Indiana University Health North in Carmel for further treatment. Additional testing was performed at that hospital and doctors learned the toddler was suffering from extremely high levels of meth.
On July 6, 2021 investigators with the Seymour Police Department received a preliminary report of child abuse and/or neglect from the Indiana Department of Child Services.
Investigators obtained numerous medical records and conducted interviews with Newman and Lett.
They both admitted to using drugs when the child was with them and providing care to the toddler while they were under the influence of drugs.