New Market woman faces charges

Bridget Knicely

Shenandoah County authorities have charged a New Market woman with 10 drug and child mistreatment offenses arising from an investigation into suspected methamphetamine production.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Bridget Knicely, 31, of 410 Oak Lane, was being held without bail in the Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren Regional jail.

Knicely was arrested Feb. 12 after her indictment by a Shenandoah County grand jury on two counts of manufacturing methamphetamine; one count of child abuse; four counts of cruelty or injury to a child; allowing a child less than 15 years old to be present during the manufacturing of methamphetamine; possessing a precursor to the manufacture of methamphetamine; and distributing less than an ounce of marijuana to a child.

Proctor said the investigation into Knicely’s alleged offenses began with a report that Knicely had provided methamphetamine to a 14-year-old and that the defendant used or manufactured methamphetamine in the presence of the girl and three other children, ages 9, 6 and 1-year-old.

“There could be other potential charges,” Proctor said. “At this point, the investigation is ongoing.”

Proctor said Knicely committed the alleged offenses from July through September, when the investigation began.

He described the children as relatives of Knicely who were living with her “or had occasion to stay there.”

The children have since been removed from her custody and the household, Proctor said.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com