CONNELLS A McConnells mother is in jail facing child neglect charges after she and her two young children tested positive for methamphetamine, according to authorities.
York County’s multijurisdictional drug enforcement unit on Tuesday arrested and charged Stacy Michelle Fincher, 26, with two counts of unlawful neglect of a child, said Lt. Mike Ligon, drug unit commander.
During a two-month investigation, officers discovered that Jonathan Patrick, the children’s father, cooked and used methamphetamine around the children, Ligon said.
At some point, Fincher took the children, two boys ages 6 and 7, to their grandmother’s house in Union County, where the Department of Social Services found that the children had methamphetamine in their systems, Ligon said.
DSS also discovered that Fincher tested positive for the drugs, he said.
Ligon said the grandmother may have known about Fincher’s activities and asked DSS to investigate. Fincher split her time between a Naturewood Road home in McConnells and a Union County home, he said.
Fincher was being held Wednesday at the York County Detention Center with bail set at $20,000.
Patrick, also 26, had been in jail since May 23 after drug agents busted an inactive meth lab in McConnells, arresting three people. Authorities then said Patrick had been manufacturing meth while a 2-year-old child was in the home.
The child’s mother, Amanda Holmes, was arrested and charged in the bust, but Patrick fled from officers on a four-wheeler.
He was found the next week and charged. He faces 16 charges, including unlawful carrying of a weapon, failing to stop for blue light, manufacturing methamphetamine, two counts of cocaine possession and possession of a weapon during a violent crime.
The two incidents are unrelated, Ligon said, aside from Patrick being involved with both of them.
Patrick faces two counts of unlawful neglect of a child charges in connection with the latest incident. He is being held on a more than $81,000 bond.
DSS would not confirm an investigation into Fincher.
Herald news partner WSOC TV contributed.