Father of infant in drug sale arrested

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Police have arrested the father of the 7-month-old child who allegedly was nearly traded for drugs at an all-night crack party this weekend.

Michael Shane Jenkins, 38, was picked up by investigators at the Augusta Lodge on Gordon Highway on Tuesday, two days after he and the child's mother, 27-year-old Amanda Johnson, allegedly tried to sell their baby to a drug dealer, according to Richmond County sheriff's Investigator Kendall Brown.

The allegations have shocked and surprised those who battle Augusta's drug trade.

Veteran police say that as addictive as crack cocaine is, they have never heard of someone attempting to sell a baby for a fix.

"We've worked cases before where people talked about selling children, but nothing like this," said Maj. Ken Autry, a former narcotics investigator and current supervisor of the Richmond County sheriff's Criminal Investigative Division. "Never for drugs."

Ms. Johnson was arrested on charges of second-degree cruelty to children and reckless conduct Monday, police said. Mr. Jenkins faces the same charges. Their alleged attempt to sell the child prompted a friend to call a third woman to retrieve the baby. According to sheriff's domestic violence Investigator Grace Wittke, the third woman said "the baby reeked of crack cocaine, was listless and showed little emotion," when she picked him up Sunday.

The suspects have admitted to smoking crack cocaine with the child in the room, according to Investigator Brown.

Lt. Robert Partain, the head of the department's Narcotics Division, said addicts typically will loan or sell their vehicles to drug dealers to repay debts, but he has never seen someone try to sell a child.

"We've never had somebody come up and say that, or do that, or try that," Lt. Partain said.

Police are still searching for another man who was at the party. Ms. Johnson is apparently homeless and was working as a prostitute, according to police. She has another child who is not in her custody. The infant boy has been placed in the custody of the Richmond County Department of Family and Children and Services.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

HELP WITH DRUG PROBLEMS

There are many options for those with drug problems in the Augusta area. Some recommended by authorities include:


- Hope House Inc.: (706) 733-3463


- The Department of Family and Children Services: (706) 721-3000

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Reality
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Reality 09/10/08 - 01:57 am
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Good job.........

Good job.........

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 09/10/08 - 03:54 am
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Immediate sterilization for

Immediate sterilization for both of them.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 09/10/08 - 04:50 am
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Exactly wyldsfam4. This is a

Exactly wyldsfam4. This is a common occurrence with the crack addicted. Any crack addicted arrested should be immediately sterilized since they'll soon be released back on society.

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 09/10/08 - 05:13 am
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They need to take all these

They need to take all these losers along with the perverts and child molesters, put them on a island out in the middle of the ocean. Then when North Korea wants to test a nuke, they got a good target.

sliique
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sliique 09/10/08 - 05:49 am
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patriciathomas...YOU NEED to

patriciathomas...YOU NEED to end EVERY comment you make with, "imho."

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 09/10/08 - 05:55 am
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Prayer changes things, he was

Prayer changes things, he was arrested maybe now the both of them can get help and possibly get deliverance from that addiction, however, the only way to be completely set free is to know Christ inside and out as your Lord and Saviour.

426Hemi
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426Hemi 09/10/08 - 06:17 am
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You my crackdaddy!! IMHO.

You my crackdaddy!! IMHO.

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 09/10/08 - 06:24 am
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lol Hemi

lol Hemi

justus4
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justus4 09/10/08 - 07:09 am
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They are going to use a
Unpublished

They are going to use a "history" of contacts with the law to increase the charges against this guy. His charges will change, due to some process that will send him to jail for years. Watch what happens-and is this justice?

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 09/10/08 - 07:15 am
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justus, hey instead trying

justus, hey instead trying justify this person how about it being as simple as get a job!!!! be a productive member or society, or at the very least if you want to be a crackhead fine, but why not give the infant up for adoption and allow the child a fighting chance to grow up and be a productive member of society and give something back instead of being bottom feeders like the parents, and children who quite naturally imitates what they see and the environment from which they grow will then grow up to imitate its parents in one form or another...everything is not based on color, and racism is not under every rock. oh by the way i am black

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 09/10/08 - 07:16 am
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justus, hey instead trying

justus, hey instead trying justify this person how about it being as simple as get a job!!!! be a productive member or society, or at the very least if you want to be a crackhead fine, but why not give the infant up for adoption and allow the child a fighting chance to grow up and be a productive member of society and give something back instead of being bottom feeders like the parents, and children who quite naturally imitates what they see and the environment from which they grow will then grow up to imitate its parents in one form or another...everything is not based on color, and racism is not under every rock. oh by the way i am black

stillamazed
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stillamazed 09/10/08 - 07:39 am
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Sad what drugs do to people,

Sad what drugs do to people, they will sell their kids, their mothers, steal whatever it takes to get a fix. You read reports all the time about crack and meth being highly addictive so why even start using it? Normally I try to have sympathy for people but not in this case.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 09/10/08 - 07:42 am
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Please read the following

Please read the following because it could be your neighborhood that County leaders are ignoring because of special interest. We need your help because we want a normal neighborhood. You can help by getting to know the middle class people of our neighborhood. We are far more like you than are the special interest who are Mercy Ministries and Bible Deliverance Temple. Please contact your county representative and emphasize that you do not want the same problem in your neighborhood. That will go a long way towards helping us because it will make leaders aware of how serous the Harrisburg special interest problem really is. PLEASE HELP US. WE WHO LIVE IN THE HARRISBURG NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE A PROBLEM. MERCY MINISTRY AND THE BIBLE DELIVERANCE TEMPLE HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS BUT BOTHS PLACES CATER TO CRACK HEADS IN OUR RESIDENTAL NEIGHBORHOOD. MOST OF THE PROPERTY OWNERS WHO LIVE AROUND MERCY MINISTRIES SIGNED A PETITION WHICH WAS PRESENTED TO THE RICHMOND COUNTY COMMISSION ON MARCH 18 ;Two days after we submitted the petition below a 12 year old boy shot an elderly many who lived about a block from Mercy Ministry. Please help us make a healthy neighborhood again. Relocate Mercy Ministrie ...Support www.hongkongaugustaga.org

I4PUTT
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I4PUTT 09/10/08 - 07:48 am
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Addicted to crack and

Addicted to crack and homeless. And she works as a prostitute. Wow. What would it take to drink her pretty? Our jails are already over crowded with these sorry people. Remove the baby and release both parents. They will be dead soon any way.

cathieisgood
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cathieisgood 09/10/08 - 07:56 am
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Hey, maybe we should have the

Hey, maybe we should have the crack dealer be held responsible for the child's welfare since they enabled the crackhead to use and possible caused the addiction. Did you hear how the police are actually going to hang out for a day at the Gordon Hwy hotels? Why haven't they been doing it all along, especially if it is known that drug dealers frequent those hotels? Then they mentioned holding the hotel owners responsible. What are the hotel owners going to do - a drug test before you can rent a room?! Give me a break!

MJDW
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MJDW 09/10/08 - 08:04 am
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And why no picture of this

And why no picture of this dead beat?

momma mia
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momma mia 09/10/08 - 08:10 am
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His picture was on the news

His picture was on the news last night. He's as scary looking as the mother.

msdaisy
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msdaisy 09/10/08 - 08:17 am
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This is exactly why all the

This is exactly why all the crack hotels along Gordon Hwy need to be closed down or busted everyday. It is a known fact to everyone
that's what goes on at the run down hotels and prostitution is always there also. When is the sheriff going to do a raid or put some undercover police in these places to help stop this. The people that own them should have to pay a fine or jail time or both because they know what's going on in and on their properties. They are also an eye sore to Augusta. If Augusta really is serious about cleaning the town up ...start at these places from lower Broad all the way to Fort Gordon on Gordon Hwy.

Bears
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Bears 09/10/08 - 08:18 am
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please please please i beg

please please please i beg dfacs do not give these children back to these stupid people, that poor baby, if they did it this time they will do it agian, and please god do not bless them with another child. unfit, dead beat and i'm glad to see that both parents were charged unlike like the parents of the long children in waynesboro only the father was charged, well, what about the dead beat mother, if thats what you want to call her, a mother, but i tru mother takes care of and provides for her children, duh she did not do that, but she is still free and living it up.

PLAYLIKETHUNDER4
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PLAYLIKETHUNDER4 09/10/08 - 08:19 am
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don't get me started

don't get me started justus...please, just go away today....

paulwitherspoon
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paulwitherspoon 09/10/08 - 08:30 am
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Fix her, castrate him and as

Fix her, castrate him and as putt says, turn them loose or give them a baggie with a lethal overdose and do society a favor.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/10/08 - 08:35 am
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Msdaisy....the answer to your

Msdaisy....the answer to your questions is this....because there is not enough manpower to monitor these businesses 24/7 and even if you arrest property owners, drug users, prostitutes, there isn't enough room in the jails for major criminals much less these individuals. Majority of the time they are fined and released. We want the crack hotels and prostitution cleaned up along Gordon Hwy but we're willing to put and adult pornography store right along this pathway and wonder why our city is in such bad shape. Grant it, pornography is legal and drugs and prostitution isn't but to me it's all cute from the same evil cloth.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 09/10/08 - 08:51 am
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i am sure since justus is

i am sure since justus is trying to make a case for the father he will be willing to take them in, feed, clothe, let them hold crack parties at his house and oh yeah, take care of the child until the age of 18. justus if you can't see what wrong with picture and only look to criticize how severely the system will prosecute the father and mother who in this case clearly should be thrown under the jail...you are truly a sad and bitter person and i for one feel sorry for you

CyndiCk
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CyndiCk 09/10/08 - 09:00 am
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I can't understand why Justus

I can't understand why Justus sides with people like this. Makes you wonder what kind of person he/she is.

whataboutthekids
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whataboutthekids 09/10/08 - 09:03 am
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MJDW......What race is she?

MJDW......What race is she?

426Hemi
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426Hemi 09/10/08 - 09:32 am
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Dudes gotta be black, or J4

Dudes gotta be black, or J4 won't defend him. imho. If he's not, then I assume J4 is a low-life, crack-smokin', dead-beat lovin' cop-hatin' mutha'! imho. You live the lives you defend so venemously. imho (slique like that one.)

Farful
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Farful 09/10/08 - 09:49 am
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no way to drink this one

no way to drink this one pretty

pav2003
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pav2003 09/10/08 - 10:00 am
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mjdw: They are both white.

mjdw: They are both white.

SargentMidTown
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SargentMidTown 09/10/08 - 10:33 am
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Would you want crack heads

Would you want crack heads comming into your neighborhood to go to a place near your house for "help" because Mercy Ministries and The Bible Deliverance Temple attracts crack heads into Harrisburg.

a different drum
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a different drum 09/10/08 - 10:45 am
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If the charges stated in this

If the charges stated in this article are true. I pray that a loving family will adopt this child.

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