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Four arrested in hotel meth raid in room with 8-year-old

KSL.com, January 16, 2014

MUNCIE — Another day, another multi-arrest methamphetamine raid in Muncie.

The setting early Thursday was the Best Western Hotel at 3011 W. Bethel Ave.

Police entering a guest’s room there about 1:45 a.m. reported finding meth, numerous materials used in the production and ingestion of the substance — and a sleeping 8-year-old boy.

Officers said they found Jessica Danielle Reed — the room’s registered guest — and Amanda Nichole Morris, both 31 and of Muncie, in the room, along with Reed’s child.

According to an affidavit, when police knocked on the door, Morris ran to the bathroom and began flushing materials down the toilet.

Arrested outside the motel in a vehicle were two other Muncie residents, Jeremy Douglas Reed, 37, and Brian Michael Dalton, 31.

A plastic bag containing what was determined to be meth was found inside the vehicle, an affidavit said.

Jessica Reed and Morris were preliminarily charged with possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, neglect of a dependent and possession of paraphernalia.

Jeremy Reed — apparently the father of the boy found in the room — was preliminarily charged with possession of meth and neglect of a dependent. Both Reeds were also charged with maintaining a common nuisance and taking a child to a common nuisance.

Dalton — whose criminal record includes a 2011 conviction for robbery — faces charges of possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance and visiting a common nuisance.

Morris — convicted of possession of paraphernalia in 2012 — was also charged with obstruction of justice.

Child Protective Services workers were called to make custody arrangements for the boy.

Police reports reflect authorities went to the motel in search of another person, reported to be staying in Reed’s room, who was apparently not found.

All four defendants were being held without bond Thursday in the Delaware County jail. Some of the drug-related charges could be enhanced due to the motel’s proximity to Ball State University.