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Four face child neglect charges in New Albany

Several children recently tested positive for drugs in New Albany, leading to several arrests.

Posted: Aug 17, 2018 4:47 PM
Updated: Aug 17, 2018 10:47 PM

NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Several children recently tested positive for drugs in New Albany, leading to several arrests.

Robert Simmons and Sherry Darlean Simmons are charged with child neglect after their 11-year-old grandchild tested positive for meth.

(L-R): Robert Simmons, Sherry Simmons, Phiona Lipe | Photo: New Albany PD

The two have custody of the child, confirms New Albany Police Chief Chris Robertson.

In a separate case, a young couple faces similar offenses.

Phiona Lipe, 20, is charged with child neglect after her two children, ages one and two, tested positive for drugs.

One child tested positive for meth and marijuana, police say. The other child tested positive for just marijuana.

The 17-year-old father may face charges as well, and his case will be handled in youth court. Due to the father’s age, police did not release his name.

"The idea that we have two sets of children testing positive for narcotics is unacceptable and I intend to prosecute them to the fullest," said Chief Robertson.

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