Fulton County Sheriff's Office took a Salem man into custody on July 16 for possession of prescription narcotics and endangering the welfare of a child.
Salem police officer, Johnny Byler, received a dispatch to the Town and Country parking lot in Salem at about 9 a.m. on July 16. A "small child" -- later identified as the man's son -- was observed in the back seat of a vehicle unattended in the lot, according to the police report.
After checking the vehicle's registration to find out the name of its owner, Byler entered the store and had a store clerk page the owner.
"Approximately five minutes later a man, later identified as Ronald E. Brown, approached me in front of the store," Byler said in the report. Byler then asked if Brown, 38, realized that he had left a child in the back seat of his car. Brown said that he had forgotten about the child being in the back seat.
Byler escorted Brown to the parking lot and proceeded to check the man for outstanding warrants. Brown was wanted in Sharp County under the Arkansas Hot Check Law.
Byler placed Brown under arrest and performed a searched, where he discovered a small brown bottle with no identifying label in his front left pants pocket containing three types of prescription narcotics, Oxycodone, Roxicodone and Hydrocodone, a total of 22 pills.
Byler inquired about the purpose of the pills, which Brown met with two conflicting answers, according to the report. Byler transported Brown and his son to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department. The Department of Human Services was contacted regarding the incident.
It is general procedure to assign a DHS case worker when the department is contacted by local authorities, said Dwight Sharp, Fulton County Administrator for the Department of Human Services. An assigned case worker in consultation with the local supervisor will evaluate the best approach to any foreseeable risks regarding a child in question.
Brown was charged in Fulton County with a Class "C" felony, an unclassified felony, a Class "A" misdemeanor for the prescriptions, and a Class "A" second degree, misdemeanor for endangering the welfare of a minor.
Brown bonded Fulton County charges on Friday, July 24. Craighead County had placed a hold on him for outstanding charges, and Brown was picked up by Craighead County Police at 7:25 p.m. on July 25, according to the Fulton County Clerk's Office.