Three men are facing drug charges in connection with a Clearfield County case involving a baby testing positive for amphetamines and cocaine.
The 9-month-old daughter of Melissa and Joshua Root, 32, Clearfield, was reportedly taken to Penn Highlands DuBois on Jan. 23 because she was vomiting and shaking.
According to police, doctors discovered that the child was under the influence of both cocaine and amphetamine. She was transported to Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment.
Though the parents told police inconsistent stories, their 3-year-old daughter was able to tell investigators that her little sister was throwing up and her mother got angry with her father, according to the report. She also told police that her father kept his “stuff” on the coffee table.
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Police obtained a search warrant and served it on their Montgomery Run Road residence in Lawrence Township on Jan. 27. A search of the home uncovered multiple pieces of drug paraphernalia and 14 used stamp bags, which are typically used to distribute drugs, according to the report.
The coffee table was wiped with a cloth that was sent for testing. Near the living room, officers found a “sawed off” shotgun. Joshua Root allegedly admitted to using methamphetamine earlier that day. He was charged by police with three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Wednesday during centralized court, he pleaded guilty to the charges. According to the affidavit of probable cause, additional charges are pending.
Two men who were reportedly at the residence when the search warrant was executed — Zachary Douglas Tibbens, 22, of Latrobe, and Nicholas Allen Rowles, 23, of Houtzdale — were also arrested.
Before an officer searched Tibbens, he asked him if he had anything that would “poke me, stick me or make me bleed.” Tibbens allegedly said no and stated he didn’t even have a wallet on him.
During the search of Tibbens’s pockets, the officer reported he was stuck by an uncapped hypodermic needle. Tibbens denied knowledge of the needle and said neither the needle nor the pants belonged to him, police said.
A truck parked in the driveway that’s owned by Rowles was also searched. Inside, investigators found several smoked joints, a package of crystal meth, a silver safe with numerous other items of drug paraphernalia and a fully loaded rifle, according to the report.
After a hearing in the Tibbens case Wednesday, charges of aggravated assault, simple assault-penetrate with hypodermic needle, and recklessly endangering another person were held to court. Tibbens remains in the county jail in lieu of $25,000, bail.
Rowles waived his right to a hearing on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail is $10,000, unsecured.