FORT PAYNE, Ala. — From the Office of DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden: A Collinsville man is in the DeKalb County Detention Center after a 2-year-old child was found alone in the roadway on Saturday night (October 5, 2019).
The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office was notified at approximately 9 pm of a small child alone in the roadway on County Road 12 (South of Collinsville). Emergency Medical Personnel had found the child, but was unable to locate a parent nearby.
When deputies arrived on scene they checked the nearest residence, but no one was home. Shortly after the father of the child, Dustin Smith (31 of Collinsville) emerged from a field nearby the home.
Smith was found to be in possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a large quantity of Xanax pills. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Child in Need of Supervision.
More charges may be pending upon further investigation. DHR was notified and placed the child in custody of a relative.
DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “This is exactly why we feel so strongly about not having narcotics around children; the two do not mix. This child could have been seriously hurt, killed, or abducted due to this parent’s negligence.”
“I’d like to thank the Emergency Medical Technicians who found the child and commend our deputies for handling this situation so well. If it had not been for them, this situation could have been a whole lot worse,” he said.
“God Bless!” Concluded Sheriff Welden.