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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Asher man faces drug, child neglect charges after baby suffers meth overdose

  • An Asher man arrested last month on numerous drug-related complaints after his 5-month-old baby was hospitalized for a methamphetamine overdose is now charged with seven felonies, including child neglect.
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  • An Asher man arrested last month on numerous drug-related complaints after his 5-month-old baby was hospitalized for a methamphetamine overdose is now charged with seven felonies, including child neglect.
    David Brett Woods, 47, has been formally charged in Pottawatomie County District Court.
    At the time of his arrest by Pottawatomie County sheriff's deputies, about 135 grams of meth was seized.
    Woods is now charged with trafficking in illegal drugs and is accused of having more than 20 grams but less than 200 grams of meth on or about June 15.
    He also faces a child neglect charge and is accused of failing to protect his 5-month-old child from exposure to the use and possession of illegal drugs.
    Other felony charges filed in the case include acquiring proceeds from drug activity, possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful use of surveillance equipment, unlawful use of a police radio, along with a single misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
    The local probe first unfolded when the baby's mother took the infant to an Ada hospital. The baby was transported to Children's Hospital in Oklahoma City, where the child was diagnosed as having a methamphetamine overdose, Undersheriff Travis Palmer said.
    DHS workers contacted sheriff's deputies to go with them on a home visit at Woods' rural residence on Lester Street, southeast of Asher, where the baby had been earlier in the day.
    Because the residence was far off the roadway and it was about 10:36 p.m., Deputy Eric Fletcher proceeded up the driveway first with lights activated on his patrol car so anyone there would know they weren't intruders, an affidavit shows, with Deputy David Warta, Asher Police Officer Todd Kales and a DHS official staying at the end of the driveway.
    According to the arrest affidavit in this case, Deputy Fletcher noticed a man jump into a black Chevrolet pickup that began accelerating up to about 40 mph down the driveway. The pickup missed a collision with his patrol car by 8 feet before turning away from Warta's patrol unit and striking a fence instead, the document shows.
    The man reportedly ran into a wooded area of the property, where deputies did deploy a single non-lethal taser to subdue Woods and take him into custody, the undersheriff said.
    As he was detained, deputies determined the truck Woods was driving was a stolen vehicle, Palmer said. Inside that truck, deputies found an ammunition can with about 135 grams of a crystal-like substance field tested to be methamphetamine, Palmer said, along with about $3,105 in cash.
    Deputies Mark Kosemund and Anthony Lee responded to assist as a search warrant also was executed in the mobile home at the property, Palmer said.
    The undersheriff said they searched what appeared to be a child's room at the residence, where deputies found a can with a white residue inside that tested positive for methamphetamine.
    Page 2 of 2 - Deputies didn't release the baby's name, but she was treated for meth overdose symptoms at Children's Hospital and then released into DHS protective custody, Palmer said.
    There's been no official word relating to the baby's mother, whose name has not been released.
    Because Woods has prior felony convictions, if he is convicted of the charges in this case, he could face up to life in prison in each of the felony counts.
    Woods' next court appearance in this case hasn't yet been scheduled.
    Watch for updates.

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