UPDATE: 1/20/2022 8:06 p.m.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Panama City Police Department revealed four more children lived in the home where drugs were found in a baby’s crib on Thursday.
Police said they were made aware of Turner after the Department of Children and Families tipped them off to possible child abuse. They said they weren’t able to make an arrest initially, but that changed.
“As we had witnesses come forward and we were able to gather more information, we were able to make a case and go back and reevaluate the living conditions and make an arrest on the mother for battery on a 2-year-old,” said Panama City Police Lieutenant, Chris Taylor.
Taylor said Turner insisted they come back to check on their home and reevaluate the living conditions. He said that open invitation quickly changed the course of the investigation.
“Based on her consent, the Panama City Police Department criminal investigations along with street crimes conducted a walkthrough of the house and that’s where the drugs were found in the crib in the formula cans,” Taylor said.
Taylor said they had an idea there were drugs in the home. Officers said they found methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana and 34,000 lethal doses of fentanyl inside the crib.
Taylor said while the initial complaint was about her 2-year-old child, they then discovered four other children were living in the home from infancy to 15-years-old.
“There is potential that a small child could and probably was within that crib where theses drugs were at,” Taylor said.
Taylor said their street crimes unit is looking into where the drugs came from expect more charges to be filed.
As for the other four children, police said they have reason to believe the children were abused in some way. They’re now in DCF’s care and will be placed in suitable foster care.
Our previous version of the story is below.
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — A Panama City woman was arrested after investigators said they found a stash of drugs in a baby’s crib.
Panama City Police investigators searched 35-year-old Rebecca Turner’s home after Florida’s Department of Children and Families notified them about possible child abuse.
“Members of the department’s Street Crimes Unit assisted in a walkthrough of the residence,” officers wrote in a news release. “After a warrant was secured, investigators found a bag inside a baby crib in the master bedroom.
In the bag, officers found an empty baby formula can that contained:
1) Multi-colored pills that field tested positive for both methamphetamine and fentanyl.
2) A crystal substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.
3) A white substance that field tested positive for cocaine.
4) A green substance that field tested positive for fentanyl.
5) A small black scale and the suspect’s identification card.”
Investigators added that the amount of fentanyl confiscated equals more than 34,000 lethal doses of the drug.
“In all, more than 76 grams of methamphetamine were confiscated, along with more than 21 grams of
marijuana,” officers wrote.
Turner was charged with two counts of child abuse, trafficking in fentanyl, trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, violation of probation, and possession of narcotic equipment.
She was booked into the Bay County Jail. Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the Panama City Police Department at 850-872-3100, or they can report tips anonymously via smartphone by downloading the “Panama City PD” Tip411 app from the iOS or Google Play stores.