3-year-old tests positive for meth
ECSO said D.A. rejected case, citing ‘time lapse’
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE – Documents obtained from a drug test lab, by Omega Laboratories, show three-year-old Bryson Edwards testing positive for Methamphetamine after a visit with his father.
Bryson, the subject of a custody battle between his parents, Kristina Edwards and Charles Edwards since November of last year involving Child Protective Services, came home after a month of visitation with his dad and his girlfriend, Misty Johnson, with sores all over his body this past August.
" I took him straight to the CPS office where they took pictures of his body," said Kristina, the mom who lives in Red Oak.
The father, Charles, was unable to be reached for comment due to a non-working telephone number. His live-in girlfriend, a mom of two herself, each tested positive for methamphetamines according to an amended social study filed with District Clerk Melanie Reed on Aug. 14 by Jim W. Fowler, a licensed doctor.
Kristina Edwards’ test results were negative.
When brought to the attention of Amy Ellison at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office, Kristina reported that she called her back and said they couldn’t prosecute.
Investigator Jason West-moreland, on behalf of Ellison at ECSO, said County/ District Attorney Joe Grubbs’ office rejected the case.
"The investigator that was working with Amy on this would not be allowed to prosecute because the DA’s office said there was a time lapse between testing."
Westmoreland said he heard the initial testing came back negative then too much time had elapsed for the more accurate test to come back, where the positive testing showed.
Grubbs said his office was never brought the case.
"The ECSO did call and consult one of my prosecutors but there was nothing ever filed here," said Grubbs.
According to Grubbs it’s understood that the initial test came back negative and when the hair follicle test came back positive it was well into the next month from Bryson’s visit so he had been around more people.
" There was no evidence to go after just one person, this is more of a CPS case than anything," said Grubbs.
Request for comments from CPS case worker Miranda Mercer were forwarded to public Information Officer Melissa Gonzales in Arlington, home of the regional CPS office.
"Because the child you reference is not in foster care and has not suffered a critical injury, we are not at liberty to discuss anything about the family or confirm or deny an investigation relating to the family."
Bryson Edwards is currently at home with his mom in Red Oak and the parent’s divorce was finalized last week.