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Trio facing drug, child neglect charges following police stop

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What began Sunday night as police checking on the welfare of a car's occupants ended with three people in the Putnam County Jail.

Jerramy J. Bushong, 26, Indianapolis; Kenneth R. Manning, 25, Danville; and Brittney K. Thompson, 22, Greencastle, were all arrested on charges of possession of paraphernalia, possession of syringes and child neglect following an investigation by the Putnam County Sheriff's Department and Greencastle Police Department.

The neglect charge springs from the presence of Thompson's daughter in the back seat of the car, right next to the bag containing the illicit items.

The car came to officers' attention when reserve deputy Nate O'Hair noticed a vehicle westbound on Veterans Highway with its rear driver side door open.

Believing there to be a possible domestic incident in progress, O'Hair began following the sedan, although not pursuing it with emergency lights or sirens.

Deputy T.J. Smith and Greencastle Police Officer Ed Wilson were also dispatched toward O'Hair's location as the vehicles started southbound on Manhattan Road.

With O'Hair still following, the vehicle eventually turned west onto County Road 550 South, where it encountered high water just east of Houck Bridge.

The car's progress was stalled briefly in the high water, but it eventually continued westbound, where Wilson made the traffic stop just west of the historic covered bridge.

Leading the investigation upon his arrival, Smith requested and was denied consent to search the vehicle by both the driver Bushong and the owner Thompson.

"I would rather you not search it," Thompson said, "plus I have my daughter asleep in her car seat in the back seat."

Instead, O'Hair's K-9 searched the exterior of the vehicle, sitting down beside the driver's side rear door to indicate it smelled drugs.

The ensuing search of the vehicle revealed a black backpack in the center of the back seat. All three adult occupants denied ownership of the bag.

Searching inside the bag, officers found several cell phones, a laptop computer, a tablet computer, a large bottle of hydrocodone pills belonging to Bushong, a small set of scales, a silver spoon, a small box of cotton swabs, several small baggies and three individual syringes.

While Bushong appears to have legally obtained the hydro-codone with a prescription, the number of pills remaining -- 94 out of 180 -- was suspicious to the officers for a prescription filled just two days earlier on Friday, Jan. 11.

Additionally, the scales, spoon, baggies and syringes are all paraphernalia linked to illegal drug use.

With no one claiming the backpack that was sitting within arm's length of all three adults, all three were arrested on the drug and neglect charges.

Thompson was allowed to contact a friend to come pick up the child. All three suspects were transported then to the Putnam County Jail and booked in between 12:30 and 1:15 a.m. Monday.

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I'll bet the goodies belonged to the baby. Throw that child in prison for 25 years!

AND while you are at it, fix that "mom" so she can bring no more babies into her world. She has no more sense than to have her baby in such a situation, she does not deserve the priveledge of being a parent.

Just my humble opinion.

-- Posted by ZooKeeper on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 12:40 PM

I always thought that if consent was not given, then no officer, human or K9, was allowed to search. Having the dog smell the car, IMO, is the same thing as searching without consent. The dog is trained to find illegal substances, and has a MUCH higher sensitivity. The K9 gets a "hit" and that's good enough for probable cause, so why even ask for consent? Officer O'Hair already knew about their substance problem, and I believe, used it to his advantage. I'm not trying to stand up for the 3 accused, because they ARE in the wrong (most of this town already knew that before this case) I'm just curious about the consent to search laws. Could anyone answer this for me?

-- Posted by justanothervoice on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 1:32 PM

Zoo Keeper I have known Brittney since she was in middle school. This is not how this child was raised! She is a very young mother that needs help and guidance. She has a very loving father. She needs someone to carry her right now and support her. You don't know her situation. Yes, what she did as a mother and a person was wrong. Can she be rehabilitated, ABSOLUTELY!!!! She is human! She will make mistakes as we all have and will. That doesn't mean that five years from now if Brit has turned her life around she shouldn't have more children. She will have the opportunity to straighten herself up within the next few months (and with her father's help she can) and take care of her child and raise her child herself. It is not your place to judge her or place witness on her. Only Jesus can do that. For it is through him that we get to our Father. Brittany, I am praying for you and your child. You CAN DO THIS!!!! Get yourself together!!!!! LISTEN TO YOUR DAD!!! He loves you!!!! You have a child that needs you and that you love very much!!!

-- Posted by Insunshine on Fri, Jan 18, 2013, at 8:58 PM

More so, I agree get the bad people off the street. My question really isn't about the use of the K9 to preform a non concented search but more so what was the probable cause for the root of the issue. As none of us was with the officer, but what was the cause for the traffic stop. I am not an attorney nor a judge but both the traffic stop and the none consented search seem like they wont stand up. But none the less. Then again this is putnam county and odds are they all are on probation.

-- Posted by Oh My Goodness on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 8:17 AM

The cause for the stop was the fact the rear drivers side door was seen opened as it was being driven along Veteran's Highway. As far as the consent to search, it falls under the automobile exemption to search or "The Carroll Doctrine". The dog sniff search isn't protected under the Fourth Amendment so when the dog gave the signal it amounted to probable cause, thus allowing the search of the vehicle without a warrant.

-- Posted by kbmom on Sat, Jan 19, 2013, at 9:58 AM

Of course she will be "rehabilitated" with the use of the tax dollars that the working people provide. And CPS will work their hardest to get that child back with the mother, which is the furthest from the place it should be. And she will not have learned from her mistakes and it will continue to happen, esp when all they get is a smack on the wrist... seriously people.. COME ON

-- Posted by Kbrennan on Mon, Jan 21, 2013, at 10:24 AM

For all of you making comments about Brittney without even knowing her, you're ignorant and just judging her. If you would've met her a year ago, she was never like this! She let her dumb ass boyfriend influence her. If he really cared about her, he wouldn't have let Brittney do drugs or put her daughter in danger. Brittney has been threw more then you all know. So instead of judging her. Pray for her! As for Jerremy, he's a loser anyways. He was on parole and still wouldn't stay at out of trouble. And Brittney isn't just getting a slap on the wrist! They aren't on probation. Before you people start making your comments, get facts. Brittney is still in jail. Where she belongs. She broke the law and put her daughter in harms way. But you can bet she's learning her lesson right now. Being a mother and getting your daughter taken away and sitting in jail thinking about how careless she was, is enough to make anyone go straight. It's not like shes been a drug addict for years. She WILL bounce back from this. So find something else to do besides bash someone on the internet that you don't even know. Really know!

-- Posted by kskelton on Tue, Jan 22, 2013, at 9:21 AM

KSKELTON, your comment is hypocritical. You say not to "judge" Brittney, but isn't that what you're doing with "Jerremy"? Yeah, it is.

Females who allow their boyfriends to have this kind of influence on them have issues with self-esteem BEFOREHAND. How do you think that happened, since you and INSUNSHINE know her so well?

Also, children who have children at such a young age do so for (2) reasons (usually) - 1. to have something that will love them as they are and 2. because they've already been thrust into adulthood by a lack of parenting.

No, not ALWAYS the case, but I didn't say always.

ANY parent who chooses a significant other and substance abuse OVER THE WELFARE OF THEIR CHILD(REN) does not need prayed for .. they need serious psychiatric help. She's not going to listen to a family member (at this point) or her parents .. you mention a father but not a mother. Where is HER mother in all of this?

I'd say absent, based on your comment.

-- Posted by Emmes on Thu, Jan 24, 2013, at 12:15 PM

Emmes do you know Jeremy or Brittney? Just curious? After reading your comment I can clearly tell you don't. Jerremy was on parole when he got this last charge, so yes, after so many times I will judge him. He clearly doesn't care about his life. And do you know her family? How do you know she didn't lose her mother? You don't. You should really think before you make ignorant comments. And yes, maybe she did have low self esteem. There's reasons why she took this path. Maybe it had to do with her parents, or her sister she adored passing away, or being a single parent. But she loved Avery more then you know. Look at her Facebook and 98% of her pictures are Avery or her and Avery. Not her being drunk and messed up. She graduated college as a medical assisant and just got lost dating some loser who was no good for her and she let influence her. She NEVER did meth or anything CLOSE to it when I was friends with her. Know how I know? I was her BEST friend until she started dating a loser. And then she dropped off the face of the earth. Because she got caught up in drugs. She WILL get back the old Brittney. So keep judging but maybe you should find something better to do with your time. Go to college, go to church, PRAY for someone who needs it. Instead of reading old banner graphic articles and commenting about people you don't even know. I still think its funny you all comment about brittney but what about the others? Jerremy has other kids he doesn't even take care of! Brittney may have been doing drugs but she always fed, clothed, played, cared for Avery. She didn't beat her child or neglect her child. Avery is incredibly smart. If you've met Avery, you would agree. And that's because of brittney.

-- Posted by kskelton on Sun, Jan 27, 2013, at 12:45 PM

those can not judge me for they have not walked where I have walked they have not been to the places Ive been or seen the things Ive seen they are not perfect because nobody is why is it that as small of a community and town we live in we are all not like a huge family always at eachothers backs when they need us to be why are we so quick to judge when someone makes a mistake yeah i no this is old but let me just say this we are not perfect and we have all made mistakes no matter how big or how small and i no you older folks have at some point in your life maybe not all of you but a great mumber of you have tried or did drugs smoked drank whoopty doo my point is instead of hateing we all need to be relatein and havein eachothers backs praying instead of being quick to draw the gavel and play judge i went to school with this girl and she was and probly still is a very nice person whos made a mistake

-- Posted by countryboy72 on Tue, Sep 10, 2013, at 10:56 AM

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