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Warren County couple jailed after drugs found in hotel with toddlers

Police said the children were living in "horrible conditions"

MANSFIELD TWP., NJ (Warren County) — Police on Wednesday arrested a Phillipsburg man and a Mansfield woman who allegedly had heroin and other drugs in a hotel room with their two young children.

The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office identified the couple as John McWilliams, 42, and Jamie Gellock, 38.

McWilliams was charged with possession of nine folds of heroin, possession of ecstasy, possession of drug paraphernalia (a glass pipe and empty wax folds) and child neglect, according to police.

Gellock was also charged with child neglect as well as possession of a glass pipe containing methamphetamine residue and hindering the apprehension of McWilliams, according to police.

Police responded to the Quality Inn on County Route 57 at 2:46 p.m Wednesday to conduct a welfare check after receiving a report of a “party in one of the rooms overnight that involved ten people smoking crack cocaine in the presence of two small children,” according to a police press release.

Upon arrival, officers reported discovering McWilliams hiding in a bathtub.

Police said they found two children, ages two and three, “living in horrible conditions with controlled dangerous substances within their reach,” according to a press release.

The New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency responded and placed the children into the custody of their relatives.

Police discovered McWilliams had an NCIC warrant out of the Warren County Prosecutor’s office. The prosecutor’s office wasn’t able to provide the original offense for that warrant.

Gellock also had a warrant in Phillipsburg.

Both were lodged in the Warren County Jail pending a court appearance.

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