Alabama parents charged after allegedly exposing their 1-year-old to meth

Published 10:47 am Friday, November 15, 2019

Two Alabama parents have been charged with chemical endangerment of a child leading to serious physical injury after their 1-year-old child was exposed to amphetamines and methamphetamines.

William Ray Oliver, 36, and Taylor Rose Spurlock, 24, both of Troy, Alabama, were arrested Wednesday at approximately 5 p.m. on outstanding warrants for the crime.

According to Alabama law, a responsible person commits the crime of chemical endangerment of exposing a child to an environment in which he or she knowingly, recklessly, or intentionally causes or permits a child to be exposed to, to ingest or inhale, or to have contact with a controlled substance, chemical substance, or drug paraphernalia and a child suffers serious physical injury by exposure to, ingestion of, inhalation of, or contact with a controlled substance, chemical substance, or drug paraphernalia.

The Troy Police Department was contacted about this case by the Alabama Department of Human Resources in August. The child involved in this case was less than 1 year old at the time of exposure and tested positive for exposure to amphetamines and methamphetamines, said Troy Police Chief Randall Barr.

Oliver and Spurlock are the biological parents of the child. The child was removed from the home and taken to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham for treatment of his injuries. The child remains in protective custody at this time.

The crime is a Class B Felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison. Bond was set at $7,500 in each case.