Meth

Girls Turn in Father for Using Meth

2013-01-17T17:06:00Z Girls Turn in Father for Using MethBy Alison Gene Smith alismith@magicvalley.com Twin Falls Times-News

TWIN FALLS • Police say two girls conducted an investigation of their own, complete with pictures, after suspecting their father of using methamphetamine.

On Sunday, Jan. 13, at about 3:30 p.m., police received a phone call from a 12 year old girl who told them she found meth pipes and other drugs in her 50-year-old father’s garage.

According to a police report, the girl and her 14 year old sister suspected their father was using drugs. The report states the girls were familiar with the signs of drug use because their mother was previously addicted to methamphetamine. The Times-News is not printing the name of the father in order to protect the girls’ identities.

From Jan. 17, 2012 to Jan. 17, 2013, Twin Falls city spokesman Joshua Palmer said Twin Falls police have received 421 calls for service about someone using or selling drugs. While it’s not uncommon for family members to call about each other, Palmer said typically the caller is a concerned parent.

“It’s less common for a child to call on parents. However, it does happen,” he said.

According to the report, both girls were previously in the custody of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare because of their mother’s drug use.

After speaking to the 12-year-old on the phone, officers arrived at the house on Sixth Avenue East.

“Both girls were very upset and said that they saw the illegal narcotics in their dad’s shop,” the police report states.

According to the report, the girls looked through the shop and found a wooden carved truck. The top of the truck opens and was being used to store drug related items, the report states. When the girls found the items, they took pictures of the inside of the truck.

Police also reported the girls took pictures in December showing a glass pipe caked with white residue. The same picture shows a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be meth, the report states. Another photo taken the day police arrived shows the pipes, along with a bag containing what appeared to be marijuana.

Police spoke with the father, who denied police consent to search his office. However, while talking to the father, officers saw the wooden truck on a shelf in the office.

The father was arrested for two misdemeanor counts of injury to a child.

Police returned to the house at about 7:30 p.m. the same day with a search warrant for the garage and office. According to the report, police found a small baggie containing meth, two glass pipes, a glass test tube commonly used as a meth pipe and a plastic baggie containing marijuana. The father was then also charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, one a felony and one a misdemeanor.

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  1. Shannon
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    Shannon - January 24, 2013 12:16 pm
    good for you for sticking up as a voice for these girls and for the wonderful works as a foster parent. i know you guys dont do it for the money,because alot of the expence comes from your own wallet.
  2. Shannon
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    Shannon - January 24, 2013 12:13 pm
    being a recovering addict myself and also having my kids taken from me for a while by health and welfare i have to say the kids were right. i never would have straighted out my life and been on the right path if werent for having my kids yanked. you can not compare hitler and the jewish turn over with this. hitler demanded jews be turned over to irradicate the jewish nation.these children turned in there father to save there lives. i know what i was like as an addict mother,i paid no attention to my children and put them in harms way many times.that was my fault alone,just the same as it was this fathers fault. he will have a chance just as thier mother will to get them back,all he has to do is give up his lifestyle and prove he can be a father the need and deserve.
  3. KAM1
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    KAM1 - January 24, 2013 10:56 am
    Good for these girls. They have already been "in the system" once so they know what they are getting themselves into. All kids need to be raised to do what is reight no matter the outcome. I will I could get my two Foster Boys to and their families to understand that.

    Being a Foster Parent myself I know that they will be taken care of. Department of Health and Welfare is not always the best system but they do what they can with their limited resources etc. Whoever gets o have these girls live with them will be greatly blessed. My heart goes out to them and so many others that are in these circumstances but are too afraid do do anything.
  4. Jim_Bob
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    Jim_Bob - January 24, 2013 10:49 am
    So sad to see the war on drugs ruining another family. The girls should have had a discussion with their father if they were concerned and instead of jail time, addicts need rehabilitation but our war economy isn't designed that way. Truly sad.
  5. kam
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    kam - January 24, 2013 12:50 am
    Are you being serious...you don't think these girls had the right to want a better life. It is up to adults to take care of their/our youth. Children being put in situations. Where they have to make a tough choice like this would be horrible. They already lost a mother to drugs and then they see their father is doing the same thing. Good for those girls. Even if the health and welfare system is flawed. They did the right thing. Comparing the situation to Hitler ..oh please! Maybe you should get off of whatever it is your smoking or injecting.
  6. walkslikeaduck
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    walkslikeaduck - January 19, 2013 3:11 pm
    Health and Welfare needs to go, my god people have you not heard of them separating twins because the mom was single. She got one and they took the other. These girls will no longer have each other. The will forever regret doing this. They do not care about family, they care about money, that is it. If they can do that to twins, they will do it to these girls.
  7. LAG
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    LAG - January 18, 2013 12:25 pm
    I'm glad these girls did this. It's not about kids getting revenge so to speak. It's about doing what's right. Parents turn their kids in for just suspecting their kids of doing drugs. These girls had proof and didn't want to go through it again with their father.
  8. japroct
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    japroct - January 17, 2013 11:58 pm
    During World War 2, of which they teach nothing in schools, didn't Hitler's young people get instructed to "turn in" Jewish sympathetic Germans also? It included the massacre of families, friends, and relatives of those children, just because the kids were told by the police that this is the right thing to do....After a few weeks in social services care, I want Alison Gene Smith to do a follow-up interview with these kids.. Ask them if was worth it, and ask them if turning daddy in for sending them to bed on time, or whatever their reason really was, was worth it. I bet $100 right now that won't happen, with this paper, it never does....

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