Franklin couple arrested for drugs, endangering child

Sugarcreek Borough police arrested a Franklin couple Friday morning on child endangerment and drug charges.

Larry E. Lawson, 26, and Carly Ann Lawson, 26, both of 147 Elm St., were arraigned Friday before District Judge Andrew Fish.

Criminal complaints filed by Sugarcreek police Lt. Darin Baker say the incident occurred after an officer arrived at the Elm Street house early Friday morning to speak to Carly Lawson.

While at the residence, Baker saw Larry Lawson there, and upon checking with Venango County 911, Baker confirmed that a protection from abuse order was still active against Larry Lawson, the complaint. The PFA had been filed previously by Carly Lawson, according to the complaint.

Baker said that while he spoke with the couple, he noticed that both seemed to be under the influence of drugs. When Baker asked what drug they were on, Larry Lawson admitted they had just smoked methamphetamine, the complaint said.

As the interview continued, Carly Lawson showed Baker a glass smoking pipe that she had in her pocket, and Larry Lawson then indicated that a backpack in the room contained a baggy of methamphetamine, the complaint said.

Baker then placed the couple in custody, and as he was arresting them, he asked them where their child was, and they told him the child was sleeping upstairs, the complaint said.

Carly Lawson then called a relative to come and take the child, the complaint said.

Both Lawsons later admitted to having smoked methamphetamine in the same residence as the child throughout the day, the complaint said.

Both Lawsons were charged with a felony count of endangering the welfare of children. Carly Lawson was also charged with use- possession of drug paraphernalia, and Larry Lawson was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Preliminary hearings for the Lawsons are scheduled Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.