October 3, 2023

Jones County infant found with meth and other drugs in system, mother arrested

Therese Apel

Totoro Evans
A Laurel woman is behind bars on child abuse charges, according to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a release, Totoro Evans, 34, of Laurel, has been taken into custody on a charge of Felony Child Abuse.
JCSD Investigator Sgt. J.D. Carter received a referral report from Child Protective Services  regarding Evans’ infant daughter, who tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine following birth.
Carter obtained an arrest warrant for Evans based on that CPS report, along with evidence from medical testing of the infant.
“We work closely with CPS on incidents where newborn infants are testing positive for illegal narcotics. This case is the third one that CPS has brought to us in the past two weeks – all three cases resulted in the arrests of the three mothers ,” said Carter.
“We have zero tolerance for those mothers who are using illegal narcotics during pregnancy and bringing children into the world addicted to these dangerous and potentially deadly drugs or using illegal narcotics and allowing their children to gain access to these drugs,” said Jones County Sheriff Joe Berlin.
Evans is currently incarcerated at the Jones County Adult Detention Facility pending her initial appearance in Jones County Justice Court.

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