SPRING HILL — During a drug raid Tuesday, authorities say they found a 2-year-old special-needs child in the same room where people were growing marijuana.
Prentice Isaac Taylor, 28, Amber Janae Brown, 23, and Iesha Daion Faust, 19, were each arrested and charged with multiple felonies Tuesday morning. Brown's bail was set at $36,000, and Faust's was $5,500. Taylor was held without bail because at the time of his arrest he was out of jail on a separate bond.
Hernando County Sheriff's Office deputies executed a search warrant of the house at 9450 Spring Hill Drive just after 8 a.m. Investigators said they found Brown and Taylor with their child in the southwest bedroom of the home.
When Taylor came out of the attached bathroom with dirt on his hands, deputies took him into custody. In the bathroom, authorities said they located dirt in the toilet bowl.
Investigators then searched the bedroom and, they said, discovered a green storage container equipped with reflective material, lighting, a fan and five small pots that appeared to be recently disturbed.
A report stated that leaves found at the scene tested positive for marijuana and two bags filled with the drug were found in the room; deputies also found cocaine residue on a scale in the kitchen.
Before the couple were arrested, authorities said, Taylor told them he and Brown had rented the house for about eight months.
Authorities contacted the state Department of Children and Families, which arranged for a relative to take the child.
Faust, whose home address was listed as 817 Twigg St., was found in the northwest bedroom of the house, investigators said. In her belongings, they found marijuana in several plastic bags and in a rolled cigarette.
Authorities also said they found a school hall pass in one of Faust's duffel bags. The report listed her as a student, but did not elaborate.
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