Lufkin Police officers arrested a 23-year-old woman Monday
on a felony child endangerment charge after her two 9-month-old infants were allegedly
tested positive for methamphetamine.
Amber Cherie Whitworth, 23, of Lufkin, was released
from the Angelina County Jail Monday after she posted bail on a felony charge
of abandoning or endangering a child/ criminal negligence. Her bond was
The charge stems from a Sept. 1 incident in which
Angelina County Sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance call at 788
Johnny Grimes Road. When they arrived on the scene, deputies spoke to
Whitworth, who was holding her infant child and "appeared to be intoxicated and
upset," according to the arrest affidavit issued by the Precinct 1 Justice of
the Peace office.
Whitworth told the ACSO deputies that she and her
boyfriend, Rickey Shane Boykin, 41, also of Lufkin, got into an argument that
got physical. Boykin allegedly threw a chemical substance on her body during
the altercation, and the affidavit stated that the deputies could smell a
strong "chemical odor" in the residence, on Whitworth, and on her child.
Child Protective Services was notified, and the
children were taken from Whitworth, given medical treatment, and placed with a
grandparent, according to the arrest affidavit. Boykin and Whitworth were
arrested at the scene and charged with possession/transport of a chemical with
the intent to manufacture.
While Whitworth no longer has a the possession charge,
Boykin is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on felony charges of
possession/transport of chemical with the intent to manufacture and child
endangerment. Collectively, his bond has been set at $75,000.
CPS case worker ordered a hair drug test done on
Whitworth and the two babies. All three tested positive for the presence of
The arrest affidavit stated that Whitworth and
Boykin "intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly placed two 9-month-old
children in imminent danger of death, bodily injury, or physical or mental