Two charged with child endangerment in Jones County

Two charged with child endangerment in Jones County
Miranda Strickland. Source: JCSD
Miranda Strickland. Source: JCSD

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Two Jones County residents will appear in court Friday for child endangerment charges.

According to the Jones County sheriff, on Thursday investigators executed a search warrant at a home on Theos Road Extension in Laurel.

The warrant was a result of an investigation by the Jones County Sheriff's Department related to the illegal sale of drugs.

During the search, investigators said they found the residence contained open, used syringes throughout the house, and evidence that the syringes were being used to inject methamphetamine and opiates.

There were also several smoking devices with suspected drug residue found.

The house was occupied by Ronald Chapman, 60, who was taken into custody for an outstanding warrant for sale of a controlled substance.

Investigators said they found out that three children, all under the age of 12, were living in the house with two additional adults.

The adults were identified as Joseph Tate Strickland, 39, and Miranda Strickland, 31, and were the parents/guardians of the children.

The children and the adults had left the house earlier in the day.

The adults were later located in Smith County and transported back to the Jones County Sheriff's Department.

During the interview process Joseph and Miranda admitted the house they live in and share with the children was full of used syringes.  Joseph admitted to buying, selling, trading and using illegal drugs at the house.

Miranda admitted to injecting pain medication with a syringe, according to the sheriff.

She also admitted that she was aware of Chapman selling illegal drugs at the house while the children were present.

Both acknowledged the house was a dangerous environment for the kids to be around, according to the sheriff.

Joseph and Miranda were charged with three counts of child endangerment each.

A judge set all three suspects' bonds in court Friday afternoon.

Bond amounts: 

Miranda Strickland- three counts of felony child endangerment: $10,000 per charge for a total of $30,000.

Joseph Tate Strickland- three counts of felony child endangerment: $10,000 per charge for a total of $30,000.

Ronald Chapman Sell of a controlled substance, meth, pills total bond $25,000.