By Lynda Jones
A property owner's report of a burglary on Tuesday, Jan. 19, led to the arrest of a Crockett man for alleged Abandoning or Endangering a Child (two counts) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
According to the Probable Cause Affidavit/Booking Slip, the property owner (complainant) contacted the Crockett Police Department about someone breaking into a building on her property in the 1400 block of East Houston Ave.
The complainant also requested the investigating officer's assistance with her inspection of the rental house at that location.
According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, the tenants gave permission for the property owner and police officer to enter the house. Two small children were observed in the living room, according to the officer's report.
In addition to what the officer described as "extremely filthy and cluttered" conditions, he reported seeing a variety of drug paraphernalia.
He then obtained a search warrant, and found approximately eight bottles of suspected "extremely hazardous" embalming chemicals in the bathroom, which the officer reported were within reach of the small children.
Child Protective Services removed the children and ultimately released them to a family member.
Sam Barkley Lenox, 31, was placed under arrest and was transported to the Houston County Jail where he was booked and confined on Wednesday, Jan. 20.
The child endangerment charges are State Jail Felonies and the Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge is a Misdemeanor C.