Couple abuses drugs with baby at Burger King, arrested for child neglect

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MUG SHOTS: Melanie Jayne Smith (left), Murl Tyler Jr. (right)

MUG SHOTS: Melanie Jayne Smith (left), Murl Tyler Jr. (right)

HENRY COUNTY, Ind. (July 1, 2015) – A couple was arrested after they were allegedly found abusing drugs at a Burger King with a 5-month-old baby.

Melanie Jayne Smith, 35, of Marksville, Louisiana, is charged with neglect of a dependent, obstruction of justice, possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Murl Tyler Jr., also of Marksville, was charged with neglect of a dependent.

The couple pleaded not guilty to all charges in Henry Circuit Court 1.

According to a probable cause affidavit, on June 25 officers were dispatched to the Burger King located at 9229 W 650 S in Henry County on a report of someone causing problems with other customers.

When police arrived, they found Tyler in the back seat of a Chevy pickup with a small child. Another man, William Jabez Tanner, 40, of Marklesville, was in the driver’s seat.

Police spoke with Tyler and it appeared that he did not know where he was at or what he was doing. He was also having trouble talking and sitting up.

At this point in time, Smith exited the Burger King and walked to the passenger seat of the pickup. Smith told officers she was going to be sick, and she ran back inside the building.

A female officer followed Smith, and she observed Smith trying to flush marijuana down the toilet. When Smith left the restroom, the officer collected water from the toilet along with three chunks of marijuana.

Smith returned to the truck and had difficulty speaking and standing up.

The officers spoke with Tanner, and he told police that he had smoked marijuana and he had a stash in his boot. He also told police that Tyler and Smith had also smoked and they had taken pain pills “all day.”

Police confiscated 1.7 grams of marijuana from Tanner, and they gave him tickets for possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Tanner also told police that the baby was the child of Tyler and Smith, and he had been throwing up a lot in the past half hour.

Medics were called to the scene to check on the baby, and the Department of Child Services took custody of the baby. Smith and Tyler are scheduled to appear in court for trial October 19.

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