Special to the Review
Two young Paulden children remain in Child Protective Services custody after Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies said their parents and a friend were cooking narcotics and smoking meth in their home, a sheriff's spokesman said.
Parents of a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old, Dirk E. High, 24, and Alicia M. High, 25, are charged with possession of dangerous drugs, two counts of possession of prescription drugs, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and child abuse, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.
On Nov. 22 at about 11 a.m., deputies responded to the 100 block of West Yellowstone Drive in Paulden for a report of drug use around children. They met Adult and Child Protective Services personnel who told them the bathroom was being used as a small drug lab, complete with spoons for cooking narcotics, syringes, and a light bulb fashioned into a drug pipe, D'Evelyn said.
The parents were not home. An adult living there, who was not using drugs and was not arrested, was watching the children. Authorities had the parents come back to the home and questioned them. They both admitted to having smoked meth earlier in the day, said they were addicted to prescription pain medication, D'Evelyn said, and implicated a third adult, Jami M. Rickard, 30, saying she had smoked meth with them. Rickard admitted she had, D'Evelyn said.
All three were arrested. While they were being taken to the Prescott jail, Dirk complained of chest pains, and fire and ambulance crews met the deputy's SUV to take him to Yavapai Regional Medical Center, D'Evelyn said.
When the ambulance arrived at the hospital, Dirk ran and was not treated, D'Evelyn said. He was located Sunday at his grandparents' home in the 23000 block of Highway 89 in Paulden, D'Evelyn said, and when he saw the deputies coming, ran to the bathroom and locked himself in. A family member convinced him to surrender. When booked, Dirk had more syringes, one loaded, on him.
Rickard was charged with possession of dangerous drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child abuse.
All three were booked into the Camp Verde jail and are being held on $25,000 bonds.