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December 4, 2012

Greensburg woman held on multiple charges

Greensburg — A Greensburg woman is currently incarcerated in the Decatur County Jail without bond, facing multiple felony charges related to drug use and child neglect.

According to court documents, Jessica D. Pugh, 32, of 608 West 11th Street, is charged with Possession of Cocaine (Class B Felony), Maintaining a Common Nuisance (Class D Felony) and Neglect of a Dependent (Class D Felony).

According to a police narrative concerning the case, Pugh was arrested Nov. 30. The arrest followed a request for police assistance from a caseworker with Decatur County Child Services (DCS).

The caseworker was in Pugh’s home as part of an open DCS case involving Pugh’s four children. According to the narrative, two of the four children — both toddlers — were present during the incident.

The caseworker, the report states, called police due to a “strange odor from inside the house,” and because “Jessica was acting very strange, seemed not herself.”

Upon entering Pugh’s residence, police noted the smell of “a strong narcotic,” which, based on their training, they believed emanated from “burnt crack cocaine.” The narrative also notes that Pugh’s eyes were “very glossy,” and that “she appeared to be very nervous and her legs (were) shaking.”

The narrative further states that the officers also spotted sores on Pugh’s arm, which Pugh allegedly claimed were the result of a recent surgery.

Officers obtained signed permission from Pugh to search the premises without a warrant.

In the course of their search, police found a cut straw and a plastic wrapper with a “white powder residue still on it.” They also found an “open bag of hypodermic syringes inside” in Pugh’s purse.

Additionally, the search uncovered a “white baking dish” with white residue inside and multiple paraphernalia items, including a “corner cut of plastic baggy/white residue,” a “razor with what appeared to be burnt marks on it,” and “part of a cigarette filter had been cut.”

Police also found two spoons with burn marks on their undersides. One of the spoons contained “a piece of wet filter and a small brown/tan rock.” A field test performed on the filter was positive for cocaine.

Officers also noted that all the items uncovered during their search were “easily accessible by the children,” posing an imminent danger of “serious bodily harm or death,” especially to the toddlers.

Additionally, police also found a handful of legally obtained medications during their search, all of which were also easily accessible to Pugh’s four children.

According to the narrative, Pugh allegedly claimed that all the items located during the search likely belonged to her husband, who’d recently been incarcerated.

Following the search, Pugh was arrested and booked into the Decatur County Jail. Her four children were remanded into DCS custody, who has placed them with a relative.

Contact: Rob Cox at 812-663-3111 x7011.

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