- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

JASPER, TEXAS (AP) - Deputies say they found a toddler wandering alone on a Texas street and methamphetamine and more than a dozen snakes in his mother’s home.

Jasper County Sheriff Mitchell Newman told KFDM-TV that Tamara Jones has been charged with endangerment of a child by criminal neglect and possession of a controlled substance.

Neighbors reported the wandering toddler Tuesday afternoon, and a deputy tracked down Jones. In her Buna home, Newman says the deputy found a small amount of methamphetamine and as many as 16 snakes, one dead. Newman said one snake was about 8 feet long.

A jail official said the 28-year-old Jones was released Thursday. The official had no attorney information and a phone listing for Jones could not be found.

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