Jul 11, 2016 8:26 PM
MANCHESTER — A couple is facing child endangerment charges after police found hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia in the apartment they live in with their two young daughters.
Police responded to 275 Cartier St. at about midnight Sunday night to an anonymous report of a loud argument, or some kind of disturbance involving yelling and doors slamming.
Brandon Kenney, 30, and Misty Chase, 28, were at the apartment with their 7-year-old and 15-month-old daughters when police arrived.
According to court documents, police received a report another man with a warrant out for his arrest is known to stay at the apartment.
When police arrived, they noticed marks on Kenney’s arm indicative of recent drug use. They asked to enter the apartment to look for the wanted subject, and Kenney consented.
Once inside, police found an unconscious man - not the wanted subject - suffering an apparent drug overdose in one of the bedrooms. Police called an ambulance and continued to search the apartment, when they found the needles and other paraphernalia.
Patrick Martin also lives along Cartier Street and said he wasn’t surprised to hear about the drug use in his neighborhood.
“The kids need to be obviously removed from that situation,” Martin said. “Parents need to be cleaned up, and it’s just awful.”
Police determined the environment was not safe for children, and the couple, according to court paperwork, “knowingly engaged in drug use in the presence of their two children neglected to provide a safe living environment by taking no steps to prevent the possible interaction of the children with dangerous uncapped needles.”
Kenney and Chase were arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Chase also had pending disorderly conduct and resisting arrest charges from an incident in March.
Neighbors said they’re well aware of the drug epidemic in the city, but were troubled to hear how close these children were to it.
“The drugs take over these peoples’ lives,” Martin said. “It becomes probably all they think about and, unfortunately, their kids get pushed aside and that’s terrible. Definitely no one wants that.”
The two daughters are currently in their grandparents’ care.
Kenney and Chase were both committed to Hillsborough County Jail. They’re due back in court on Aug. 11.
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