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Five Arrested After Hugo Baby Found High On Meth

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HUGO, OK -- Choctaw County deputies say a baby was brought into the hospital "high," and now five people, including her mother, and a longtime local attorney are under arrest.

The sheriff in Hugo says this isn't the first similar case. They've had two kids bring meth into elementary school in Fort Towson and Hugo in the past month, but this time, he says it was worse and involved a baby.

Deputies say they found an 11-month-old girl at the hospital in Hugo acting strangely."She was really scratching at her face, at her ears, just very animated," says Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Larry Hendrix.

The toddler tested positive for methamphetamine. "Whether she got it by them smoking the meth in a pipe and she may have ingested it, or if crawling about the floor she may have touched something and put it into her mouth," says Choctaw County Sheriff Terry Park.

"The doctor said that indeed she did have an allergic reaction and that it was a good thing that they brought her to the hospital because things could have turned out much worse," says Hendrix.

After further investigation, deputies served a warrant Saturday at a home in the 1300 block of South 2nd. "A majority of them were just there hanging out doing whatever they do at those houses," says Park.

Deputies say they found 57 grams of meth rolled up in a newspaper in the bedroom of defense attorney John Bounds, 64, who works juvenile cases and used to be a prosecutor.

"Mr. Bounds is my cousin and a colleague of mine in the law profession. I'm shocked to hear that. I don't believe that. I don't believe he's guilty," says local attorney Hack Welch.

"Anytime you have kids involved in stuff, you know, it's always sad," says neighbor Carl White.

A woman who answered the door at the home says a lawyer advised them not to speak on camera, but that they were trying to help a woman who was staying there with her baby, and that she brought problems into the house. Some neighbors say they aren't surprised by the arrests.

"I know of the people that were living there and they have a past history," says neighbor Lindy Loftin.

"The guy that's there bought it two or three years ago, but he don't have a wife or nothing," says White.

Also arrested were  Carney Hood, 24, of Soper, Robert Ashley, 26, of Rattan, homeowner Randolph Short, 64, and, on a child neglect charge, Kelly Hammack, 34, of Hugo.

"Believe it or not, this used to be an extremely nice neighborhood and hopefully this will return it somewhat to what it used to be," says Loftin.

"There needs to be more of a time spent in prison for these crimes and for these possession crimes, there's no deterrent," says Park.

Bounds is out on $50,000 bond. The other 4 suspects remain in jail on various charges, with bonds ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. A Hugo officer's gun went off during a scuffle at the time of the arrests. The baby was turned over to CPS.

Hammack was booked in on child neglect and child endangerment with a $10,000 bond. Ashley faces drug possession, drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest charges and a $40,000 bond. Short faces a charge of maintaining a dwelling where drugs are kept or used with a $50,000 bond. Hood faces meth possession, marijuana possession, bringing drugs into jail, and drug paraphernalia with a $40,000 bond.