WARSAW — Two people were recently arrested after police discovered they were living inside a shed with their children and drugs.
Both Tyler Lee Yeazel, 27, and Grace Elaine Cummins, 32, are being charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony; neglect of a dependent, a level 6 felony; possession of a syringe, a level 6 felony; possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
On Friday, May 17, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department responded to assist a caseworker with the Department of Child Services. The caseworker had information in regards to Cummins living inside a shed with her children. The officer received permission from the property owner to attempt to make contact with Cummins in the shed.
The officer located Cummins near the shed with her boyfriend, Yeazel, lying in the shed on a makeshift bed. Also located in the shed were two children, one belonging to Cummins and one belonging to Yeazel. According to the affidavit of probable cause, the shed was a single-axle trailer with an attached lean-to that had no running water and a makeshift bed.
The officer asked Cummins why her child was not in school. Cummins told the officer that her child had lice and that she was going to take her to Fort Wayne for treatment. While talking to Cummins, the officer observed a glass smoking pipe in the shed. Officers were denied permission to search the shed so a search warrant was obtained.
Located inside the shed were seven glass smoking devices, one glass jar containing marijuana, one glass jar containing .4 grams of methamphetamine, one syringe and several small plastic bags containing a white residue that tested positive for methamphetamine.
Both Cummins and Yeazel were booked into the Kosciusko County Jail on May 17. Cummins has since been released on her own recognizance and was re-arrested on May 29 for possession of paraphernalia.