Sentence handed down after infant found in drug-strewn home
A Printer man found intoxicated while in the care of a month-old infant was sentenced yesterday in Floyd County Circuit court.
John P. Tackett, 27, was sentenced to eight years in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to first-degree criminal abuse, endangering the welfare of a minor, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police were unaware of the situation when they arrived on the scene, and were instead there to exercise unrelated warrants for Tackett. Police said in their report that they found Tackett "stumbling" around the yard, and his girlfriend Billie Chaffins inside passed out. Additionally, police said several pills in bottles were found "within armâ€™s reach" of the child inside the home and that a "line of blue crushed-up pill on a plate ready to snort through a pen tube" was also nearby.
According to Commonwealth's attorney Brent Arnold Turner, upon entry, police actually took pictures of where the child was lying when they found him, on a bed, surrounded by drugs and drug paraphernalia.