Woman indicted for endangering child

Published 1:02 am Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Lockhart woman has been indicted for her alleged part in manufacturing meth in a Cherokee Street home last year.

Kayla Sorrells, 22, was jailed Sunday for chemical endangerment of a child, manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sorrells was among five residents who were jailed in August after Drug Task Force agents raided the Lockhart home and found a “clandestine lab” when agents reportedly used undercover informants to purchase both meth and prescription pills from the home.

While the search last year revealed the chemicals associated with making meth, it also revealed that two young children – a 19-month-old and a school-aged child – were living in the home. Agents said only the toddler was in the home when the arrests were made, and both children were placed into the Department of Human Resources’ custody and later turned over to other family members.

Also arrested at the scene were Phillip McKinley, 23; Chester McKinley Sr., 60; and Chester “Chet” McKinley, 27. The three were remanded to the state department of corrections on Dec. 30 for previous drug convictions.

The fourth defendant, 44-year-old Terrie Owens, was charged with manufacturing, chemical endangerment of a child; possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance as a result of the incident. She was released on bond and then sent to Walton County, Fla., to face other charges.

Sorrells is now in the Covington County Jail, held on a $750,000 bond.