Adam Gaia, a 33-year-old father from East Memphis, Tenn., was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect on Feb. 26 after cops busted him smoking and selling marijuana in the parking lot of Oak Court Mall – and then discovered that Gaia left his 8-month-old and 2-year-old daughters home alone and unattended while he was out conducting business.
In addition to the child abuse and neglect charges, Gaia was also charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture/deliver/sell, and drug paraphernalia charges, according to The Commercial Appeal.
In total, Gaia was busted with nine pounds of weed that cops confiscated from his car and from two other locations.
Court papers state that an informant told the Memphis police that Gaia would be at the mall at a specified time in his tan Ford Taurus.
Once he was located, officers saw a large black garbage bag on the front passenger seat of the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of raw marijuana coming from the car.
That garbage bag contained about two pounds of marijuana.
After he was arrested, Gaia confessed to selling dope in the mall’s parking lot. He also confessed to having more weed stashed at his house, and at the house of a deceased uncle.
Upon investigating the deceased uncle’s house:
… police found more than seven pounds of marijuana a small bag of hash, a vacuum sealer, glass pipe and a digital scale. That house, Gaia said, was a “drop” point between him and his supplier.
The next stop for the police was Gaia’s house, where they found out about the two unattended baby girls.
Gaia gave the police the key to his house. Police found the two girls within, unharmed.
The children’s’ mother and uncle were contacted, who assumed custody of the children.
Police also informed the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services about the incident.
Gaia was being held on $70,000 bond.
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