Four charged after Rhea County 4-year-old tests positive for meth

Rhea County Sheriff's Office / Donna Leann Galentine, upper left; Deara Mariam Devaney, upper right; Justin Dewayne Keylon, lower left; Tiffany Joe Goodwin, lower right.
Rhea County Sheriff's Office / Donna Leann Galentine, upper left; Deara Mariam Devaney, upper right; Justin Dewayne Keylon, lower left; Tiffany Joe Goodwin, lower right.

Four adults have been charged with child abuse after a Tennessee 4-year-old tested positive for methamphetamine, according to authorities in Rhea County.

Those arrested -- Tiffany Joe Goodwin, Justin Dewayne Keylon, Donna Leann Galentine and Deara Mariam Devaney -- have each been charged with child abuse/neglect or endangerment in connection with the discovery of drugs in the child's system, according to Rhea County Sheriff's Office Investigator Rocky Potter.

Because the Rhea County Circuit Court Clerk's Office was closed Monday, an affidavit containing details of the arrest could not be obtained, and it could not be determined whether any of the four defendants had attorneys.

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Potter said a team of 12 officers conducted simultaneous raids in April at two homes in Graysville. Devaney, who is Galentine's sister, had custody of the child, was with the child at one of the homes raided and had apparently spent the night there, he said. Graysville is in southern Rhea County near the Hamilton County line.

"There were weapons, fentanyl, methamphetamine and several controlled substances and paraphernalia that were found in the raid of both homes," Potter said Monday in a phone interview.

One of the homes was the residence of Keylon and Goodwin, and the other was the residence of Galentine, according to Potter. Devaney stayed with Galentine quite often, he said.

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While other officers probed the drug case, Potter said he began collecting evidence on the child's possible exposure in the presence of the drugs and where drugs were believed to have been used.

"We had an ambulance come to do a wellness check," he said.

The child was taken into state custody at that point, Potter said.

State officials additionally performed a hair follicle test, which later returned results allegedly showing the 4-year-old was positive for methamphetamine and amphetamine, Potter said.

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Potter said evidence was taken for presentation to the June session of the Rhea County grand jury, which in turn resulted in indictments against the four for felony child endangerment. Devaney, Galentine and Keylon were arrested June 7 on indictments, and Goodwin, who was already in custody, was charged June 6.

Keylon, Galentine and Devaney have each been released on $50,000 bond while Goodwin remains held on that bond and bonds related to other charges, according to jail records.

The 4-year-old, still in state custody, is now staying with a family member who has been cleared by state officials to keep the child, Potter said.

Contact Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6569.


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