FRONT ROYAL - Authorities accuse a Warren County man of possessing methamphetamine while endangering and neglecting a child in February.
Charles Joshua Corathers, 28, of 48 Rivermont Acres Road, Front Royal, has been charged with one count each of child abuse or neglect, child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of precursors to make methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.
A Warren County grand jury indicted Corathers on the charges on Monday. Corathers remains held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.
A criminal complaint filed in Circuit Court states that law enforcement officers searched a residence on Jackson Street on Feb. 27. An officer watched the residence before authorities conducted the search and saw Corathers leave the home with other adults. The officer states he saw Corathers with a small child approximately 4 years old walking with the group. The officer states he had information that a suspected methamphetamine “cook” was in the residence.
The officer followed people to Fantasyland Park and a Front Royal police officer arrived at the scene to find a person identified in the search warrant, the complaint states. Corathers was identified by his Virginia driver’s license and seen carrying a black laptop computer from Jackson Street to the park where he laid it by a swing set, the complaint states.
Police called a tracking dog to the park where it conducted a sniff search and alerted authorities on the laptop bag, the complaint states. Corathers admitted to having suboxone and needles, according to the complaint.
The officer who submitted the complaint searched the bag and found a glass jar that contained approximately 2-3 grams of clear crystal chunks, pieces of orange-colored pills and a scale. The crystal chunks tested positive at the scene for methamphetamine, according to the complaint. Authorities released the child to a family member, the complaint states.