WINDER, Ga. -- A Barrow County Middle School math teacher was arrested this week on charges she arranged a drug delivery to her babysitter, who died after ingesting the drugs.
Now deputies are looking for the person who actually delivered the methadone and Xanax to the 18-year-old victim on Feb. 14, Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith said Friday.
“We do have another suspect who is not in custody, but we have taken charges,” Smith said, declining to name the suspect because the person has not been arrested.
Emily Susan Smith, 37, who worked as a teacher for 14 years in Barrow County, was arrested Wednesday on charges of reckless conduct, attempting to distribute a controlled substance and use of an electronic device to deliver a controlled substance.
She was released from jail that evening on an $8,000 bond.
Barrow County Schools Superintendent Wanda Creel released a statement Thursday announcing that Smith was no longer employed by the school system.
The victim, a 2012 graduate of Winder-Barrow High School whose name is not being released, was found dead Feb. 14 at her home by a family member, Smith said.
“She went to bed the night before and did not wake up,” he said.
“It is alleged that Ms. Smith facilitated a drug deal via telephone and had the narcotics delivered to the victim while she was babysitting the suspect’s daughter at the time,” Smith said.
“The autopsy results have not come back yet, but we did get a toxicology report and there were levels of methadone and Xanax in her system,” the sheriff said.
During the investigation, deputies secured the victim’s telephone and it revealed evidence linking Emily Smith to the teen.
“We found text messages between the suspect and the victim about the transaction,” the sheriff said. “That’s how it got started.”
Before arrest warrants were secured against Smith, the sheriff said his investigators conferred with the District Attorney’s office.