Judge orders children removed; mother arrested
by Staff Report
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A juvenile court judge ordered a Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputy to remove two children Tuesday, although proper paperwork was not presented. The parent was then arrested when she attempted to stop a Department of Family and Children Services worker from taking her children.

When the deputy arrived at the Mac Johnson Road residence he spoke with DFCS case worker Todd Causby, who said he was attempting to take Crystal Byers’ children into custody. However, he said Byers was refusing to let the children go.

When asked, Causby could not to provide paperwork allowing him to take custody of the children.

“Todd was unable to provide me the proper legal papers that would allow him to take custody of the children,” the deputy stated in the report. “I advised him once he obtained these I could assist him.”

Causby reportedly said he believed Byers was under the influence of drugs because she was acting irrational and “‘just seemed like it,’” according to the report.

The deputy spoke with Byers himself. Byers said she was “tired of attempting to do what Todd has asked her to do regarding her children. She stated she has went above and beyond attempting to satisfy Todd, but he keeps coming up with other things for her to do,” the report stated.

Byers said she had been clean of drugs for “several months.” The deputy did not observe any signs Byers was under the influence of an illegal substance, according to the report.

Causby then approached the deputy, saying he had contacted Juvenile Court Judge Velma Tilley and that she wished to speak with the deputy.

“I then spoke with Judge [Tilley] who identified herself and stated she was giving me a verbal order to take custody of the children for their safety,” the report stated.

The deputy told Byers he had been ordered by a judge, but she said her children would not leave the residence until she received a piece of paper signed by Tilley giving DFCS permission to take her children.

The deputy repeated himself, saying he was under a direct order to take her children. He added he did not want to place Byers in custody for obstruction. Byers reportedly insisted on a signed warrant.

According to the report, the deputy contacted Tilley again via a Bartow County Dispatch recorded line and Tilley “stated she had given me a direct order verbally and expected me to fulfill it.”

When the deputy told Byers he was going to take custody of her children, she allegedly turned around and blocked his patch inside. She said the deputy would have to arrest her for that to happen without a signed court order.

After asking Byers “numerous times” to comply, the deputy arrested her and placed her in the patrol vehicle. Another BCSO deputy arrived on scene to supervise the juveniles while they packed, as the responding deputy took Byers to the Bartow County Jail so that “her children would not have to see her in custody,” according to the report. As the deputy was en route to the jail DFCS took custody of the children.

Byers was charged with obstruction and released to jail staff without incident.

Adairsville K-9 officer makes meth bust

Dark window tint led to a methamphetamine bust on Ga. Highway 140 on Tuesday.

According to a press release from the Adairsville Police Department, a K-9 officer saw a pickup truck on Highway 140 near Eagle Parkway when he observed the truck’s windows to have a darker tint than legally allowed.

After stopping the truck, the officer spoke with the driver, later identified as Ronald Wayne Duke of Dalton. The officer asked Duke to get out of the truck and asked for consent to search the vehicle. Duke appeared to be “very nervous and appeared as though he were about to faint,” according to the release. Duke reportedly told the officer that he would find pot behind the seat.

The officer found a red tool back in the truck. Inside of the tool bag were allegedly two bags of suspected marijuana, approximately 40 grams of meth and four types of unidentified prescription pills. Approximately $4,980 in cash was found on Duke’s person.

Duke was arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, felony possession of marijuana, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of drug related objects, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a schedule II narcotic, possession of a schedule IV narcotic with the intent to distribute and drugs to be kept in their original container.