Las Cruces teacher arraigned, goes to rehab after son tests positive for meth

Melanie Marolt, a Las Cruces teacher, was arrested after her son tested positive for meth.

The Las Cruces teacher arrested after one of her children tested positive for meth is going to rehab.

Melanie Marolt was arraigned in court Wednesday. The judge agreed to let her enter a 60- to 90-day treatment program in Colorado.

Marolt and her boyfriend were arrested last week when her 7-year-old son tested positive for meth.

Police said Child Protective Services informed them that Marolt’s son tested positive for meth around April 7. The young boy lives with his mother part-time, police said.

According to court documents, a detective interviewed Marolt’s 7-year-old son and her daughter on April 28 after the boy's hair sample came back positive for meth.

In that interview the detective was told that Marolt and Valenzuela would go into the master bedroom of the apartment. Marolt’s daughter said a strange odor would emit from the bedroom a short while after the couple went in there. The daughter told detectives the smell was not associated with cleaning agents or air fresheners.

The 7-year-old boy told the detective he found foil squares with black streaks on them in the master bedroom and the kitchen while he was playing hide-and-seek, according to the court documents.

During a search warrant of the apartment, officers found foils with black residue on them in the master bedroom, one loaded hypodermic syringe containing a brownish liquid suspected to be heroin, two small Ziploc baggies with residue, one spoon with a black tar substance also suspected to be heroin, seven packets of Suboxone (a narcotic pain reliever), and one glass pipe with white residue that appeared to be meth.

The children are now in custody of their biological father.

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