A 3-year-old boy was placed in state custody on Wednesday after his parents were arrested on drug charges at a Morristown budget motel in a room that was littered with drugs and drug paraphernalia, including uncapped hypodermic needles, according to the Morristown Police Department.
The child’s parents, Aaron Tyler Pounders and Anjellika Brittany Pounders, both 32, face charges of felony child endangerment or abuse, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Pounders is charged additionally with illegal possession of Opana. Both remained in the Hamblen County Jail this morning in lieu of $100,000.
Detective Pete Shockley, an MPD narcotics investigator, was called to the Motel 6 on East Andrew Johnson Highway Wednesday evening after officer Mason Wisecarver and a Department of Children’s Services worker found drug paraphernalia in the Pounders’ room, according to a warrant, which states the DCS worker was conducting a welfare check.
Shockley, who reported there were hypodermic “needles laying around everywhere,” confiscated a tube of liquid methamphetamine, a quarter of an Opana pill that was in a spoon and baggies that were covered in white powder, according to a warrant. This is the second drug-related felony child-endangerment case the MPD has worked in two weeks.
The MPD charged a man, his mother and his sister after police went to their West Andrew Johnson Highway residence to serve a child-support warrant and found methamphetamine and prescription drugs. All five are charged with aggravated child endangerment.