Two people arrested after toddler tests positive for meth

ARTESIA, N.M. (KRQE) – Two people in Artesia are behind bars after a toddler in the home tested positive for meth.

The 2-year-old child’s father, Daryl Carson, and Melanie Villegas were arrested last month on suspicion of trafficking meth. When authorities tested a hair follicle from the child, it showed exposure to meth.

Authorities also removed 39 grams of white crystal meth, syringes, pipes, scales and guns from the home.

Carson is facing several charges including child abuse.

Villegas is also accused of assaulting officers when they were trying to arrest her. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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