Authorities in New Mexico have learned that the mother of a 7-year-old boy who came to school with meth in his system is an elementary school teacher.
According to KTSM, 32-year-old Melanie Merlot has been charged with child abuse, possession of a controlled substance, and use or possession of drug paraphernalia, as has her boyfriend, 37-year-old Skip H. Valenzuela.
Court documents show that Merlot had part-time custody of her two children when her 7-year-old son’s hair tested positive for methamphetamine on April 7.
Officials from Child Protective Services in New Mexico immediately asked the child’s father to take a drug test, and he soon tested positive.
Merlot, however, absolutely refused to take the test, according to KTSM.
While being interviewed by CPS workers, the little boy’s sister revealed that her mother and Valenzuela often go into the bathroom together, and when they come out she typically smells something that she could not identify.
Authorities say LCPD immediately obtained a search warrant and investigated the apartment that Merlot reportedly shares with her boyfriend.
Inside the master bedroom, authorities reportedly found pieces of foil that contained a black substance.
They also discovered a loaded syringe full of a brownish liquid that investigators believed to be heroin.
Two small Ziploc baggies with residue were also among the findings, authorities say.
According to court documents, when police opened up the couple’s bedroom closet, they found seven packets of suboxone—a narcotic pain reliever.
Shockingly enough, a glass pipe covered in a white residue was also found in the couple’s kitchen.
Authorities were later stunned to discover that Merlot actually works as a school teacher at Sunrise Elementary School in Las Cruces.
KTSM has since shared this unsettling story on Facebook, where many commenters couldn’t believe that a school teacher put her own children in harm’s way by using dangerous drugs and keeping them around the house.
“Oh Jesus. So now that we know that she's a teacher, will people show her mercy? Yesterday my first opinion was crackhead welfare idiot. This is sad that anyone can use meth and have a good job. Her poor kid, I hope he's ok!” one woman commented.
“Hold up....isn't this the same school district with the teacher who was making meth at school??!!” another commenter wrote on the page.
“No background checks? Schools don't do this anymore? There's alot of good clean teachers that can't get jobs,” another commenter added.