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Brumley couple charged after children test positive for meth, found living in squalor

The Miller County prosecutor charged a Ronald Bowlin and Shaniya Birdtail, after children were found living in squalor and tested positive for having meth in their system.

The Miller County prosecutor charged a Brumley couple with child endangerment after children were found living in squalor and tested positive for having meth in their system.

The case was scheduled for review Wednesday after prosecutors released a disturbing account of law enforcement findings.

On September 27, a witness reported to dispatch that she found a toddler naked in the backyard of her home.

She guessed the child to be about three years old.

The witness told a Miller County deputy she took the child back to the child’s home and gave the toddler to the mother.

The deputy said when he went to the toddler’s home, he found Shaniya Birdtail sleeping. He said there was an 8-month-old baby girl, a two-year-old girl there. He said the baby was in a playpen and the toddler was sleeping on a mattress on the floor.

According to court records, Birdtail said she and the children lived at a home in the 100 block of Short Street, with her boyfriend, Ronald Bowlin.

The deputy said the screen door was broken and couldn’t be secured. He described a dilapidated home with broken glass on the floor and maggots in the home.

He reported there was no electricity nor running water and there were several buckets in the bathroom with urine and fecal matter in them.

He said Birdtail was unable to find any food for the children.

In the court records, the deputy reported hair samples from the children tested positive for methamphetamine.

When the deputy went to arrest Birdtail and Bowlin at their home on Short Street, they said they could see a mirror with a white substance on it, which tested positive for meth, next to the mattress on the floor.

The children were released to their grandmother by the Division of Family Services.

The prosecutor charged Birdtail with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and possession of a controlled substance.

The prosecutor charged Bowlin with two counts of endangering welfare of a child engaging in sexual conduct under 17 years old as a parent/guardian and possession of a controlled substance.


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