Btitney Jones, 27, and Charles "Monkey" Russell, 39, were arrested by Dyer County Sheriff's officers in July of 2012 at their residence at 40 Holly Springs Cemetery in the Fowlkes community. The couple reportedly had four children, including a 2-month old baby, inside their home when officers found several alleged meth labs and the materials used to cook the drug. Jones and Russell were charged with manufacture of methamphetamine; initiate process to manufacture methamphetamine; and four counts of felony aggravated child endangerment. The children were ages 2 months, 14 months, 6 and 7 years old. The couple received the Class A felony child-endangerment charges under a Tennessee statute called Haley's Law. The law was applied in this case since the children were in danger inside the house with toxic fumes. Haley's Law raises most child-abuse charges to felonies with punishment of not less than 15 years and not more than 60 years. The law states the "act of abuse, neglect or endangerment results from the knowing exposure of a child to the initiation of a process intended to result in the manufacture of methamphetamine as described in § 39-17-435."
After the couple's arrest, the children were placed in the care of a relative and the house was quarantined due to contamination from the meth. The suspects appeared before Dyer County General Sessions Court Judge Jason Hudson who noted the severity of the charges and gave Russell a $500,000 bond and Jones a $100,000 bond. He then bound the case over to the Dyer County Grand Jury who indicted them on the charges in October 2012.
A third suspect, Darren Kizziah, of Dyersburg, Tenn., was arrested outside the couple's house in a cornfield. He was charged with promotion of methamphetamine manufacture. He was indicted by the grand jury. His case has not been dispensed with at this time.