Newton Couple Facing Charges after Child Tests Positive for Meth

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NEWTON, Iowa — A couple is facing charges of child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

22-year-old Vanessa Trotter and 27-year-old Cody Sanders were arrested over the weekend after Trotter and her one year old son tested positive for methamphetamine.

“The case began primarily by the public drawing attention to suspicious activity at the residence,” said Newton Police Lt. Wes Breckenridge.

Neighbors contacted the Department of Human Services and a drug test was given to Trotter and the little boy on March 27th. Last Thursday, DHS contacted Newton police with the results.

“The results from the drug screening showed that the child’s level was five times higher than the mother,” said Breckenridge.

Sunday morning, Newton Police pulled over a vehicle that Trotter was driving. When officers searched her vehicle, they found a pipe in her purse. Police say, near Sanders, they found drug paraphernalia and items consistent with the intention of selling drugs.

Both were taken to the Jasper County Jail and have since bonded out.

The one year old is in the care of his great-grandmother. She says he is happy and healthy.

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