For teachers at Dewitt Elementary, the morning of Tuesday, Oct. 13, was one they will not soon forget.
School officials discovered a six year old child in possession of marijuana. Officials immediately notified the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff Mike Smith, along with Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Carl Frith, responded to the call.
Sheriff Smith and Deputy Frith tried multiple times to contact the child’s mother during school hours, but were unable to reach her. Once school let out, however, the sheriff and his deputy followed a school bus to the child’s residence where they located the mother.
Sheriff Smith and Deputy Frith searched the residence and found a small amount of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia. The Department of Social Service placed the child with a family member while the child’s mother, Ashley Edwards, 28, of Flat Lick, was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Edwards was taken to the Knox County Detention Center where she remains with a $5,000 cash bond. During her arraignment Thursday, Oct. 15, Edwards’ Public Defense Attorney, Haley Vallance, entered a not guilty plea on Edwards’ behalf. Edwards is scheduled for a pretrial conference at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27.