Smith County couple accused in connection with neglectful birth, care of baby

Smith County couple accused in connection with neglectful birth, care of baby
Jessie James Melton (Source: Smith County judicial records)
Miranda Jones-Olmstead (Source: Smith County judicial records)
Miranda Jones-Olmstead (Source: Smith County judicial records)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Tyler man and Lindale woman have been arrested following the investigation of a baby's birth and rearing in a "drug infested" environment.

According to the arrest affidavit, the baby was born on the floor of a travel trailer and had never seen a doctor.

Miranda Jones-Olmstead, 36, and Jessie James Melton III, 42, are each charged with state-jail felony endangering a child. They were arrested on March 31 and are each being held on $100,000 bonds.

According to the affidavit, the investigation began on March 2, when an investigator received the couple were living in the Red Springs community and raising a child who was a year old and had never seen a doctor and did not have a birth certificate. The affidavit states Jones-Olmstead and Melton were using methamphetamine and Heroin on a daily basis and were not using running water nor electricity.

On March 5, the investigator spoke with a neighbor, who said he had heard the child was born on the floor and he also confirmed the drug allegations, according to the affidavit.

On March 6, the investigator reported finding a run-down Winnebago and spoke to a neighbor. The neighbor confirmed Melton was living there and that he had borrowed baby formula from her, according to the affidavit.

Later that day, Melton called the investigator and said he would meet him in Lindale. Even later, Melton's stepmother called the investigator and said the couple and the baby were at her house and they were ready to give the baby up to CPS.

CPS took custody of the baby and on March 22, the test showed positive results for meth and Heroin, according to the affidavit.

A warrant for both of their arrests was obtained on March 27.

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