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Father, mother face child endangering charges

Pair arrested at Southgate Parkway motel

By RICK STILLION For The Enterprise Published: July 26, 2017 12:00 AM
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Two Belmont County residents are facing child endangering charges following their arrest at a Southgate Parkway motel early Wednesday morning.

Cambridge police charged Joshua D. Lucas, 30, Bethesda, and Brianna Edwards, 28, Lafferty, each with one count of child endangering.

Lucas was also charged with possessing drug abuse instruments after a hypodermic needle was found in the room along with suspected marijuana and an unknown white crystal-like substance.

Lucas and Edwards were transported to the Guernsey County Jail following their arrest. Their 6-year-old daughter, who was also present at the motel, was released into the custody of Guernsey County Children Services.

According to Cambridge police reports, officers were dispatched to the Deer Creek Motel at approximately 12:44 a.m. today after a caller reported her boyfriend, later identified as Lucas, was destroying the motel room and scaring their 6-year-old child.

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The caller also reported her boyfriend was "high on meth."

Lucas and Edwards provided conflicting accounts regarding the activity at the motel.

Lucas alleged Edwards was preparing to use illegal narcotics when he exited the bathroom after a shower and she was giving drugs to their child. Edwards reported it was Lucas using the narcotics and behaving erratically after the pair had promised to stop using illegal narcotics.

Officers were given permission to search the room and found the suspected marijuana, needle and crystal-like white substance in a pair of pants lying on the floor.

The jeans were identified as Lucas' pants.

The report did not indicate any additional contraband was found inside the motel room.


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