Hart Co. couple arrested after toddler tests positive for meth

A Hart County couple is facing child abuse and multiple drug charges after their toddler tested positive for methamphetamine.

Kentucky State Police said that on Saturday the three-year-old child suffered head trauma and was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by his parents, Keith and Leslie Riggs. Keith Riggs, 42, left the hospital soon after arriving and was later found at his Bonnieville residence along with two other children, ages eight and three.

After the child tested positive for methamphetamine at the hospital, state police obtained a search warrant for the Riggs’ home and located nearly a gram of methamphetamine. A search of a trailer located next to the home revealed over five grams of the drug, an unidentified dark crystal substance and drug paraphernalia, police said.

Keith Riggs told state police he wasn’t certain how the child ingested methamphetamine but did admit that he eats the drug and his wife smokes methamphetamine.

Keith Riggs was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal abuse (victim under age of 12), trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), having a prescription controlled substance not in its proper container, tampering with physical evidence, possession of burglary tools, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Leslie Riggs, 32, was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal abuse (victim under age of 12), manufacturing methamphetamine, trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), being a persistent felony offender, unlawful possession of a meth precursor, possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), having a prescription controlled substance not in its proper container, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects are lodged in the Hart County Jail.

By Ken Howlett, News Director

Contact Ken at ken@k105.com or 270-259-6000

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