Two arrested on criminal negligence charges after 1-year-old tested positive for meth

  • Howse/ Courtesy HCSO
    Howse/ Courtesy HCSO
  • Sims/ Courtesy HCSO
    Sims/ Courtesy HCSO

An investigation conducted by officers from the Sulphur Springs Police Department Special Crimes Unit and Child Protective Services resulted in two felony arrests Thursday afternoon.

At 3 p.m., officers arrested Joseph Ryan Sims, 31, of Sulphur Springs at a Helm Lane apartment complex. SCU officers secured a felony arrest warrant after drug screen results for both parents and their 1-year-old child came back positive for methamphetamine.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, officers served an arrest warrant on the child’s mother, Stephanie Jo Howse, 31, of Brashear at a Broadway Street convenience store.

Sims and Howse were both charged with endangering a child with criminal negligence. Bond was set at $20,000 each.

A 26-year-old Rowlett man who was reportedly with Howse when the arrest warrant was also taken into custody on a charge of possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana. He reportedly admitted to having marijuana on his person. His bond was set at $1,000.

All three remained in custody as of press time Friday, according to arrest reports and jail records.