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Mugshots of parents who put meth in child's backpack

Louisiana couple arrested after child brings meth to school in backpack

by Leigh Egan

A St. Rose, Louisiana, man and woman were arrested on Friday after their child went to school with meth inside her backpack.

WGNO reports that on February 2, a 2nd grade student brought a “pocket pack” of tissues with her to a private school she attends, Boutte Christian Academy. According to police, a small bag containing a white substance fell out of the girl’s tissue pack. It was believed to be methamphetamine, commonly known as “crystal meth” or simply “meth.” A teacher found the substance and immediately called the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office (SCPSO).

After testing the contents in the packet, detectives determined that the substance was indeed meth. The girl’s parents, 24-year-old Kevin Richardson and 25-year-old Christina Cherry, were charged with numerous offenses, including two counts of illegal use of a controlled dangerous substance in the presence of juveniles, obstruction of justice, and methamphetamine possession.

Last year, Richard landed on SCPSO’s radar after reports of meth inside the home. After obtaining a warrant, they found numerous individuals packets of meth inside the one-story home he shares with Cherry and two kids. Detectives indicated that one of the children took the tissue pack weeks ago, without realizing a meth packet was inside.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing. Check back for additional details.

[Feature Photo: SCPSO]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.