Deputies arrest two Marion County residents on child neglect charges

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The Marion County Sheriff’s Department has charged two people with child neglect for allegedly keeping drugs near children.

While investigating a separate reported crime on June 24, deputies said Scarlett Pitcock, 33, of Four States, accused Eric Martin, 35, of Four States, of using methamphetamine.  After a deputy asked if Martin had a “meth kit,” Pitcock pulled out a wooden box from under a living room couch that contained a glass pipe, a straw with apparent methamphetamine residue, a zip top baggie with apparent methamphetamine residue, and another zip top baggie with apparent methamphetamine residue and and two small crystals of methamphetamine, according to the sheriff’s department.

Deputies said Pitcock also gave them a blue pill crusher with white residue and a metal box containing a glass vial with apparent marijuana residue and a marijuana grinder.

After getting a search warrant for the home, deputies said they found digital scales with white residue on them, a piece of tile with white residue in lines, and a smoking device all inside a safe, according to the sheriff’s department.  On a television stand, deputies said they found a pink zip top bag that contained a metal square, a plastic card, a metal mesh screen, a metal straw, and a partial white pill.  Pitcock knew the items were there and pointed out many of them to deputies, but she denied using anything except for several marijuana pipes, according to the sheriff’s department.

During an interview with Martin, deputies said he acknowledged ownership of several of the items and said he and Pitcock had smoked methamphetamine together a day or so prior.  Pitcock and Martin both knew about the drugs and residue being left in a place two juveniles could access, according to the sheriff’s department.

Pitcock and Martin are each charged with two counts of child neglect risking serious bodily injury.

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