Mother behind bars, child in DCF custody

A woman is in custody on methamphetamine charges and her child is in the custody of Department of Children and Families after Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a physical disturbance call.

In the early morning hours of February 3, WCSO responded to a Buckhorn Boulevard residence in reference to a physical disturbance call. 24-year-old complainant Tara Rushie Cutrera made contact with deputies. Cutrera appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. Her one-year-old child was in the vehicle with her.

According to WCSO, the deputies observed drug paraphernalia in the back seat and a purse just outside the vehicle.

A K-9 was deployed and gave a positive alert on the purse and vehicle to the presence of narcotics.

When deputies began to search the purse. Cutrera advised them to “be careful”. Inside the purse, deputies found several empty syringes and one containing methamphetamine.

The Department of Children and Families was contacted and took custody of the child.

Cutrera is charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of paraphernalia.

Additional charges are pending with further investigation.