Methamphetamine in Schuyler County: Arrests skyrocket and children at risk

the use of methamphetamine continues to rise throughout the Southern Tier.

It is not just drug users who have to pay the price, it is the children too.

Niki and Adrian Turnmyre live in Schuyler County with their two children now. Pregnancy did not come easy for the couple.

Niki and Adrian became foster parents with the goal of adoption, and received a phone call that would forever change their lives.

"We got a call the day our son was born, asking if we would be willing to take a newborn and his 14-month-old baby sister," Niki said.

However, there was one unexpected turn.

"They had said the newborn has been born meth positive," Niki said. "He had traces of methamphetamine when he was born."

When the Turnmyre's went to pick the kids up, they saw the affects the drug had on the newborn.

"He was extremely malnourished, his skin was ashen, there was nothing to him," Adrian said.

In Schuyler County there has been a significant increase in methamphetamine cases.

In 2015, there were 6 arrests, according to Joseph Fazzary, Schuyler County District Attorney. In 2016, there were 48 arrests. So far in 2017, there have been 9 arrests.

Schuyler Counties rural land makes it the perfect place for any addict or seller.

An unfortunate place though for children.

"We recently tried a defendant selling methamphetamine to a police officer," Fazzary said. "And the story that was brought out in trial is that the defendant had invited in the confidential informant into his bedroom. There was a child sleeping on the bed, and the defendant physically moved the child to get the drugs from underneath the bed, in order to sell them to the informant and the police officer."

Arrests that continue to grow, and put children in harms way.

By: Brooke Taylor
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 11:21 PM EDT