Infant, toddler in state custody after drugs found in father’s car

(Sterling Lamar Bourne III. Jail photo)

BELLMEAD, Texas (KWTX) An infant and a toddler are in the custody of Child Protective Services after McLennan County deputies found drugs and a stolen revolver in the car in which they and their father were riding following an interstate traffic stop.

Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the children, a 9-month-old boy and a two-year-old girl, were placed in Child Protective Services custody after a K-9 unit found vials of liquid THC, marijuana and related paraphernalia in the vehicle, whose driver stopped in the parking lot of the Bellmead Walmart store after deputies attempted to pull him over on Interstate 35.

"These children are now much safer," said Sheriff McNamara.

The father, Sterling Lamar Bourne III, 29, of Missouri, was arrested at the scene and was taken to the McLennan County Jail.

He faces charges that include endangering a child, felony possession of THC, possession of marijuana, possession of a stolen firearm, unlawful carrying of a weapon, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and driving without a license and without insurance.

Authorities say he picked the children up from their mother in San Antonio to live with him out-of-state.

The mother has been contacted and is planning on reclaiming the children from CPS Tuesday evening, deputies say.

Bourne remained jailed Tuesday night waiting for bonds to be set.