- Cullman, Alabama

May 21, 2013

2 Cullman residents arrested on drug charges, child taken to DHR

By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times

— Two Cullman residents were arrested on multiple drug-related charges and a child was placed in Department of Human Resource’s care after deputies searched a home on Friday at 3:30 p.m.

Kimberly Brooke Kuykendall, 35, of Cullman, and Joseph Tyler Bailey, 26, of Holly Pond, were arrested and Kuykendall’s child was taken into custody after Cullman County Sheriff’s deputies responded to their residence on Highway 69 in Fairview after receiving information that drugs were being used and manufactured in the home. Deputies gained a signed emergency order to take the child into protective custody, Chief Deputy Max Bartlett said.

“We had received several tips regarding drug activity and a small child was in the home,” Bartlett said. “A judge signed an emergency order to take the child into protective custody and surrender the child to DHR to see if there was exposure to drug activity.”

Bartlett said deputies made several attempts to talk with the occupants at the residence prior to that day and did not come to the door.

“When the order came down, we knocked numerous times and the occupants refused to come to the door,” Bartlett said. “We were informed by DHR officials that the child could be in immediate danger and made forcible entry into the home.”

After authorities were in the residence, Bartlett said they were able to retrieve the child safely and while in the home observed a large amount of paraphernalia and controlled substances in packages. The deputies informed Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team and held the scene until the team arrived. CNET was able to obtain a content to search form.

CNET located one gram of methamphetamine, numerous drug paraphernalia, and a quantity of marijuana.

Kuykendall was charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana, and unlawful possession of a controlled substance, all Class-B felonies.

Bailey was charged with unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance, a Class-A felony.

Bailey remains in Cullman County Detention Center on a $1 million bond. Kuykendall was released on a property bond.  Bartlett expects added charges will be forth coming on both individuals.

* Lauren Estes can be reached at or 256-734-2131, ext. 270.