Parents allegedly using heroin charged with baby’s neglect PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marty Randall   
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 10:40

A couple has been charged with neglect of a dependent after Scottsburg police learned they had apparently used heroin in the presence of their infant son, leaving him at risk.

Tiffany N. Stidham, 21, and Anthony C. Fortner, 46, had moved into his mother’s home in Scottsburg with their infant son while they tried to locate a place to live, the mother told deputies Joe Baker and Rex Herald.

The officers had responded to a 9-1-1 call the older woman had made at 1:50 a.m. on January 10 when she discovered her son’s girlfriend unresponsive in their bedroom.

She said she was awakened by her son yelling. Finding the young woman in the midst of an apparent heroin overdose, the woman administered Narcan, which counter-acted the drug and brought the young woman back to consciousness.

When the officers arrived at the westside home, the mother and Stidham were outside the house.

Staff of the Department of Child Services was called to the scene and took custody of the baby. One used syringe was located, but Stidham produced a needle exchange card.

Stidham appeared for an initial court hearing on January 12. Her trial date on the Level 6 felony is set for April 9. Bail is $25,000 by corporate surety bond or $2,500 cash. She remains incarcerated at the Scott County Security Center.

Fortner remained at large as of Monday, February 5. His bail has also been set at $25,000 by bond or 10% cash.