Couple Allegedly Gave 4-Year-Old Drink Laced With Meth, Causing Child 'Excessive Mental And Physical Pain'

Ashley Lee Sexton, 27, and Joshua Lamar Teems, 29, have both been charged with cruelty to children, authorities in Georgia say.

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In 2016, an estimated 1,750 children died of abuse and neglect nationally.

A Georgia couple is facing charges after allegedly giving a 4-year-old child a drink laced with methamphetamine.

Ashley Lee Sexton, 27, and Joshua Lamar Teems, 29, were arrested Monday for suspected negligence, according to the Rome News-Tribune.

According to the arrest affidavit obtained by, the drink caused “excessive mental and physical pain” to the child.

The incident allegedly happened on Saturday, however, the couple wasn’t taken into custody until several days later, according to Fox News.

They reportedly live in Kingston, Georgia, located about an hour outside of Atlanta.

It’s not known what relationship the child had to the couple or the current condition of the minor involved.

Sexton has been charged with second-degree cruelty to children and is being held at the Floyd County jail on a bond of $7,900, according to Floyd County jail records.

Teems is charged with second-degree cruelty to children charge along with possession of marijuana. His bail has also been set at $7,900. According to statement of criminal charges obtained by, officers discovered a small plastic bottle in Teems’ front pocket when he was being searched. The bottle contained a green leafy substance that was later determined to be marijuana. According to jail records, he was allegedly in possession of less than an ounce of the illegal substance.

Both remained in custody at the Floyd County jail as of Wednesday morning.

[Photos:  Floyd County Sheriff’s Office]

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