Search for truant student leads to two arrests

by Emily Waldrep

Several deputies, along with Woodville School Resource Officer Bubba Sheffield, were checking on the welfare of a 14-year-old truant child in Ivanhoe Tuesday, February 11, when they found the child living in deplorable living conditions with her mother and another male.

"At the time of the investigation the temperature was extremely cold," said Chief Deputy Phil Ryan. "There was no running water, no electricity, no heat and almost all of the windows were busted out of the mobile home."

Child Protective Services (CPS) was notified of the condition of the home, but decided that since the child was 14 years old, they felt like the child was in no danger.

"We were not happy with CPS's decision to take no action on behalf of child," Ryan said.
The white male that was living in the residence was not related to the child and was reported to be the boyfriend of the child's mother. He said his name was Jordan Terrell. Officers felt he was lying transported him to the jail where his fingerprints were run through the system. His fingerprints identified him as Jeremy Hopkins, age 21.

Hopkins was wanted for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, along with Failure to Register as a Sex Offender, and was arrested on both of those charges, as well as a new charge from Tyler County, Failing to Identify as a Fugitive From Justice.

The mother of the child, who was not identified, was also arrested for an outstanding warrant.
Tyler County Sheriff's Department was able to place the child with her father until better accommodations could be made, although CPS did not step in.