Mother arrested on drug, child neglect charges in Sheridan

Michelle Spittles - Booking photo from the Yamhill County Jail.

SHERIDAN, Ore. – A mother is facing child neglect and drug charges after authorities say she admitted to using and dealing drugs while her kids were at home.

The Yamhill County Interagency Narcotics Team carried out a search early Tuesday morning at 27-year-old Michelle Spittles’ home on SW Madison Street in Sheridan, which is near Sheridan High and Faulconer Chapman Elementary/Middle School.

They say the investigation was over possible drug dealing and child endangerment. They carried out the search at 5 a.m. to ensure that students weren’t walking by to the schools.

Inside the home, they found six people and two small children – ages two and five years old. They also seized meth, heroin, and other evidence of drug dealing in the house.

The kids were taken into protective custody by workers with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division.

According to court documents, Spittles had two bags of drugs hidden in her bra – one containing meth and in the other, heroin. She told officers she was getting ready to go to McMinnville for a sale.

The probable cause document goes on to say she acknowledged using meth while the kids were at home, but said they were always in a separate room. She also told officers she sometimes made drug sales while the children were at the home.

Spittles was arrested and charged with two counts of first-degree child neglect, delivery of heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery of meth within 1,000 feet of a school, and possession charges for both drugs. Her bail is set at $87,500.

Law enforcement also arrested 27-year-old Zachary Spittles, who also lived at the home. He was booked on several weapons charges – including two counts of felon in possession of a firearm, and a warrant out of Tillamook County.

Authorities were not clear on the relationship between Michelle and Zachary Spittles.

Kenneth Wirth was booked on warrants out of Tillamook, Lincoln, and Washington County.

Benjamin Worden was arrested on warrants in Lincoln and Multnomah counties.

“When investigators learn that children are being exposed to drug use and sales, it creates a sense of urgency in the investigation. I commend the team for the quick action they took in this investigation. Hopefully two young children will be safer because of it,” said Sheriff Tim Svenson, Board Chair of YCINT.

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