Darleen V. George, 51, of Cartersville, and Dustin Cox, 25, of Canton, have each been charged with possession of methamphetamine and reckless conduct in relation to the death of Taylor Deloria Smith of Holly Springs, said Capt. Frank Reynolds, spokesman for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman who died was the daughter of Lt. Tanya Smith with the Holly Springs Police Department.
George, who was also charged with making false statements, and Cox make the third and fourth suspects to be charged in the investigation, which Reynolds said is still ongoing.
Pickens deputies arrested the first two suspects, Marty Gaddis, 38, and Denise F. Patterson, 51, last week and charged each with abandonment of a dead body, concealing the death of another, two counts of tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance and reckless conduct in the case.
The two latest suspects are believed to have also been at the home in Jasper where Smith died, along with the first two arrested, Reynolds said.
Reynolds said a search warrant of the home yielded the discovery of what investigators believe to be methamphetamine, though tests to identify the substance are pending, as is a toxicology report for Smith.
Smith suffered from asthma, and an autopsy report revealed she had a seizure related to the disease, Reynolds said.
Reynolds said before Smith died, she began to experience difficulty with her asthma, but the others at the home, who are believed to be “acquaintances,” did not provide her with enough help to avoid her death.
“From what we understand, they did not render sufficient aid, whether that be calling 911 or taking her to the hospital,” Reynolds said.
Instead, Reynolds said investigators believe those at the Jasper home that night laid Smith out on a bed and checked on her through the night.
They then found her “unresponsive” and tried to revive her but were unsuccessful, Reynolds said.
The 20-year-old former Creekview High School cheerleader and graduate was then loaded into a car and driven to the address where she was left on the ground by the trailer, he said.
All four suspects charged in the case are in custody, Reynolds said.
Reynolds said George turned herself in to the Pickens Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday.
Cox is in custody at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center where he is held on an unrelated probation violation charge, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.
Gaddis and Patterson remain in custody at the Pickens County jail.