February 17, 2009

Diaper bag pot discovered in church

Authorities in Tennessee said a man was arrested after what was believed to be an ounce of marijuana was found in his baby's diaper bag at a church.

Deputy Chief Donna Turner of the Tipton County Sheriff's Department said an off-duty officer worshiping at the Central Baptist Church in Brighton was consulted after nursery workers at the church found a suspicious-looking substance in the diaper bag, The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis reported Tuesday.

Keith Saemenes, the off-duty deputy, identified the substance as about an ounce of marijuana and called investigators to the church. The baby girl had been taken to church by her grandparents but her father, Brandon Lee Landrum, 25, was called to give deputies a statement.

Landrum was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell. The Department of Children's Services put the baby girl temporarily in the custody of her grandparents, The Commercial Appeal said.