Child, unresponsive, tests positive for spice, local woman arrested

Staff Writer
Walton Sun
Walton Sun

SOUTHPORT — Bay County Sheriff’s investigators have arrested a Southport woman after they found an unresponsive child in her care allegedly exposed to drugs on Wednesday.

According to a Friday sheriff’s office press release, investigators arrested Diane Farris, 58, for child abuse.

The press release states that deputies responded to a residence on Fourth Circle in Southport after a medical emergency call was made about an unresponsive child. The child was found very lethargic and minimally responsive. Emergency medical personnel who arrived said they believed the child could have overdosed on an unknown substance.

The child later tested positive for buprenorphine and K2, also known as Spice, a synthetic narcotic.

Investigators then spoke with Farris at the hospital, the release states. Farris told investigators that the child was jumping on furniture and she heard the child fall off. She stated that she checked on the child and found it unresponsive, face down on the floor. Farris stated that she then called 911.

The release states investigators allegedly observed Farris twitching and unable to sit still, which is an indication that someone might be under the influence of narcotics. However, Farris denied using any illegal substances.

After a search warrant was obtained, investigators allegedly found two pipes with a leafy green substance in the home and a tray with an unknown leafy green substance in the kitchen.

Investigators suspected the substance was Spice and sent it to the lab at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for further testing, the press release states.

Investigators spoke to Farris again, who then allegedly admitted to using Spice and smoking it that morning.