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Mississippi toddler tests positive for amphetamines and meth; caretakers charged

A 3-year-old in northwestern Mississippi tested positive for amphetamines and methamphetamine, prompting an investigation that has landed a woman in jail and a man on the run.

Cassie Neely, 35, and Paul Eric Leathers, 47, were the caretakers of the toddler, and there were other children in the home, the Lee County Sheriff’s Department said. They’ve all been removed from the home placed under the care of Lee County Child Protective Services.

The investigation revealed that Neely and Leathers had “lengthy criminal histories and both tested positive for methamphetamine,” the department said.

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Deputies obtained warrants for both for felony child abuse and took Neely into custody on Tuesday.

Leathers is believed to be driving a silver Ford F-150 pickup truck and may be in the Mooreville area, about 8 miles from his home in Plantersville.

Neely is in the Lee County jail on a $100, 000 bond.

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[Featured image: Cassie Neely and Paul Eric Leathers/Lee County Sheriff’s Department]