Last updated: February 21. 2014 4:29PM - 3888 Views
By Joe P. Asher

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A Loyall woman accused of having drugs and drug paraphernalia around young children is facing charges following her arrest by the Harlan County Sheriff’s Office.

Tara Cox, 29, of Loyall, was arrested by Harlan County Sheriff’s Det. Danny Lewis on Thursday.

According to the citation, a complaint was received that the Cox’s residence contained several needles. The caller also advised there were children in the residence.

The citation states deputies made contact with Cox at the residence. Two children, ages 8 and 9, were also present. Cox gave deputies permission to look around.

The citation further states the house did not have running water and several bottles of urine were found inside. Numerous syringes and empty prescription pill bottles were found in the residence. A large butcher knife was found under a couch cushion where the kids were playing. Several of the syringes were uncapped, presenting a serious danger to the children.

The citation also states Cox had a prescription pill bottle containing five Suboxone strips. The prescription had been filled the day before for 16 Suboxone strips. If taken correctly, there should have been 12 strips remaining in the bottle. Cox also had $80 in cash.

According to another citation, seven pills believed to be gabapentin were found. Cox stated she bought the pills off the street. Social worker Jenny Foster arrived and removed the children from the home and placed with with a relative. Cox stated she abuses her medication.

Cox was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, second-degree trafficking a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal possession of a legend drug.

Cox was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $10,000 full cash bond.

In other police news, Larry Stamper, 38, of Dayhoit, was arrested Thursday by Harlan County Sheriff’s Deputy Britt Lipfird on an indictment warrant. Stamper was charged with two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance and persistent felony offender. Stamper was lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center on a $1,500 bond secured by 10 percent.

Joe P. Asher may be reached at 606-573-4510, ext. 113 or on Twitter @joe_hde

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