Rosinton couple facing drug, child endangerment charges

BCSO release
Posted 9/12/18

ROSINTON, Alabama — A Rosinton couple has been arrested on drug and child endangerment charges following observations by the local School Resource Officer.

Thomas Charles Cottle Jr., 35, and …

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Rosinton couple facing drug, child endangerment charges

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ROSINTON, Alabama — A Rosinton couple has been arrested on drug and child endangerment charges following observations by the local School Resource Officer.

Thomas Charles Cottle Jr., 35, and Brandy Michelle Booth, 34, face two counts of child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

On Tuesday Sept. 11, a Baldwin County Sheriff School Resource Deputy working at Rosinton School observed Cottle arriving at the school to drop off his 6-year-old daughter. The SRO noticed that a second child later determined to be 4 years old was not properly restrained while in the vehicle.

The SRO, while speaking with Cottle, noticed that both children were very disheveled and the SRO and a DHR employee traveled to Cottle’s resident on Parker Lane and Initiated a welfare concern to check on the 4-year-old.

The residence was a camper trailer and upon arrival the authorities discovered the living conditions were “deplorable and unsafe for anyone to occupy,” according to a BCSO release issued Wednesday.

At the residence along with the child were Cottle and Booth, his girlfriend and mother of both children.

“The camper was in deplorable condition with hotwired power and no running water,” according to the release. “It was cluttered with drug paraphernalia and narcotics. Ms. Booth admitted to the deputy that she was smoking meth just 30 minutes before authorities arrived.” There were two guns recovered as well. One of which Booth tried to hide as Cottle answered the door.

Both Cottle and Booth remain in the Baldwin County Corrections Center on a $22,500 bond. The children have been placed in foster care.