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Fairmont man arrested on child neglect charge

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A Marion County man was arrested on a child neglect charge after deputies said he had methamphetamine in a place that was easily accessible to two children.

Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Department said that on Thursday, January 25 they assisted Child Protective Services (CPS) with a referral for a residence located on Linwood Street in Fairmont. According to a criminal complaint, the subject of the CPS referral was Chad McGee, 46, of Fairmont.

While speaking to CPS, McGee admitted that he had recently used methamphetamine, deputies said. According to a criminal complaint, when McGee was asked by CPS if he had any drug items in the residence, he told CPS workers that he had some in his bedroom dresser drawer.

Deputies said they accompanied CPS workers to McGee’s bedroom, and found a box in the bottom right-hand drawer of the dresser. According to deputies, the box contained multiple needles, a digital scale, packaging materials, glass smoking pipes and multiple containers containing a crystalline substance believed to be methamphetamine.

According to deputies, the box had no locks or other way to secure the items that were inside. Deputies said that all of these items in the box were found in a place that was readily accessible to the two small children who also live in the home.

McGee has been charged with child neglect creating risk of energy.

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