By Patrick McCreless

staff writer

Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Hanceville man Monday for allegedly smoking meth near an infant.

According to sheriff’s reports, Brandon Duane Combs, 26, was charged with chemical endangerment of a child as well as unlawful possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sheriff Tyler Roden said the charges stemmed from an investigation that began two weeks ago.

“Deputies responded to a call in reference to possible drug use at a residence on County Road 1678 in the New Hope community,” Roden said. “While investigating the report, they determined that Combs had possessed and smoked methamphetamine near or close to an infant.”

Roden said while Combs had left the residence by the time deputies arrived, it was obvious to them that drug use had recently occurred, due partially to the smell of chemicals in the air.

“And a small amount of meth and smoking devices were found near the child in the residence,” Roden said. “Warrants were obtained for his (Combs) arrest.”

Roden noted a meth lab was not found at the scene.

The child, who was not related to Combs, was taken into custody by the Department of Human Resources.

Roden said the case is still under investigation.

“There is a possibility there will be future arrests,” he said.

Combs was incarcerated at the Cullman County Detention Center by was later released on a $10,000 bond.

Chemical endangerment of a child is a Class B felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Unlawful possession of a controlled substance is a Class C felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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