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Report posted by Arkansas 911 News Writer Amanda Goodman
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Detective Branstetter reports the following:
On 08/17/19 at approximately 2350 hours I, Detective Branstetter #109 along with Arkansas State Police Investigator (CAC Division) Marisa Amundson conducted a welfare check (due to reported allegations of abuse) of three children inside a residence in the 100 block of Garland Avenue, Hot Springs, AR.
With myself present, Amundson asked Zachariah about drug use inside the house at which he admitted to smoking “meth” inside the residence earlier that day but that he did it in the back bedroom (children were present inside the residence during this drug use).
He then said that he used marijuana as well. He was then asked by Admunson if he would take a drug test/drug screen at which he replied yes. The onsite drug test/screen that was administered by Amundson showed a positive presumptive identification for methamphetamine and marijuana which confirmed Zachariah’s statement as to his drug use.
With myself present, Amundson asked Kelsey McCain, mother to one juvenile and step mother to the other two juveniles, if she would take an onsite drug test/screen and was asked if she would show positive for any illegal drugs. McCain said that she would fail the drug screen for THC. McCain also stated that she smoked meth on Wednesday (08/14/19) but that it should be out of her system by now.
Further into the interview, McCain’s four year old stepson was awakened with myself and Amundson observing/photographing a bandage on his left leg. Once the bandage was removed, several large purple and blue bruises were observed/photographed. The juvenile male also had a large, dark bruise to the top of his left hand and advised us that Kelsey spanked him with the paddle.
Hair follicle tests were preformed on all three children that were inside the residence as well, with one of the juvenile’s test returning positive for cannabinoids, one of the juvenile’s test returning positive for methamphetamine and one of the juvenile’s results showed negative to any illegal narcotics. All three children were present inside the residence during the welfare check.
Warrants of arrest were obtained for Mr. Townsend and Ms. McCain, and entered into the police computer.
Officer Ward served Mr. Townsend and Ms. McCain with these warrants at the Garland County Sheriff’s Office on 09/25/19. They were both placed under arrest and transported to the Garland County Detention Center. They are both charged with Felony Endangering The Welfare Of A Minor x3, with a bond amount totaling $7,500 each.
Booking paperwork indicates that both suspects were unemployed at the time they were arrested.