Temecula Couple Arrested on Drug and Child Endangerment Charges

Child Protective Services took two young children into custody after police found heroin and methamphetamine in their home.

A Temecula couple on probation for felony child endangerment was arrested Friday after officers conducting a compliance check at their home found heroin and methamphetamine, according to police. Two young children living in the house on Corte Tobarra Road were taken into custody of Child Protective Services.

Bobby Ray Patton, 34, and his wife Katie Patton, 31, were booked into the Southwest Detention Center on felony charges of child endangerment, possession of heroin and methamphetamine, and violating probation. Bail for each was set at $150,000.

Officers from the Temecula Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team investigating heroin sales were led the Pattons’ home in the 45900 block of Corte Tobarra Road, according to Sgt. Geoff Green. After investigators learned that the couple was on probation, they went to their home for a compliance check that turned up more than three grams of heroin, two grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the master bedroom closet, according to police.

The closet did not have a lock and the drugs were found within reach of a young child, police said. Children’s toys and clothes were also in the closet. Officers also determined that the Pattons were under the influence of a controlled substance.

The Temecula Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team is asking anyone with additional information to call (951) 696-3000.

Paul February 16, 2013 at 08:56 PM
So they already had a count of child endangerment but they still have the kids??? Here is my thoughts on how you fix this problem sterilize both of them take the kids and let them keep shouting up with any luck they will overdose and the world will be less two idiots.
wolfcreek February 17, 2013 at 04:28 AM
As part of the booking process, applications for residency at the Summerhouse Project were provided to both parents
Vicki February 17, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I agree Paul !!! There needs to be more involuntary sterilizations. We dont need reproductions of these people.
JJ Mclure February 17, 2013 at 04:27 PM
this is the new Temecula
KB February 17, 2013 at 08:25 PM
Can we get an update on the Lisa Wehus case? As I recall Lisa Wehus was arrested for child endangerment, but was also involved in the rollover accident July 2012 @ I-15 and Deer Springs that killed two little boys?
Lisa February 17, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Wow is all i can say as well as W T H ............................... People get a grip. Drugs or kids make your choice you can not have both. That goes for our system as well. I blame the system for not protecting these kids,shame on you!
bobmarley February 18, 2013 at 01:36 PM
everyone is quick to judge. instead of bashing these parents why cant we help them go threw mandatory help programs . they cant just cut cold turkey. these drugs are highly addictive. people make wrong choices. these children need there parents with the right state of mind. this can be fixed. sterilizing, overdose, these people? What kind of community is this? I agree with the system part tho. instead of treating this like a business 150,000 bail, seriously need to focus on the bigger issues like the children should been already taken in the beginning until both parents shows progress then released back to the parents.
bb February 18, 2013 at 07:34 PM
Maybe the parents don't want to quit. Kinda hard to quit if you don't want to...
SA February 18, 2013 at 07:55 PM
When you choose dope over kids, in my eyes you do not get slack. I hope the system hammers them sober and hopefully their children will have minimal collateral damage.
Bob Dole February 19, 2013 at 05:07 AM
Seriously? Town grows to 100k, you're gonna have some miscreants. Does not mean the whole place is full of drunks and meth. Buck up Sonny.
Becky Honkington February 19, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I have lived in the area since 1985 and trust me, there have always been drugs in Temecula. Even in the 80's crack and coke were readily available there.
Marva King February 19, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Love all of you!!! Wy wife and I are looking to move to Temecula, what is the best area to live? We are in our 50"s.. Neither one of us has a police record either.. Thank you, Mike
Stanley February 20, 2013 at 09:11 AM
It's good ol' Americans like these that create the demand for drugs and profits for the Mexican drug cartels.
Paul Nelson February 20, 2013 at 07:12 PM
BobNarleyMarley- Let's see -throw money to these people? Send them to a free government funded drug program? What chances do they have that they will succeed? Fail? Go back to drugs? Ah heck let the kids see them doing it and they will thinkl its cool too right? Like trying to get a person to stop drinking. Unless you lock them up for a long time it does not work. Stop coddling these 2. Throw them in prison-working on a chain gang cleaning the roads-making license plates and let them sober up there. These drug programs are not showing a very high success rate. Maybe 20%? 40%? Well at least at prison they will have extra time away form their kids to think. Actuall we should send them to a prison in Mexico. After 5 years of lice, cooties and filth they will be begging to come back. Our prisons are too nice.
NancyLee Coleman February 21, 2013 at 08:59 PM
I would love to know what happen in that Lisa Wehus arrest with a child involved, as that child is my great-niece!!! I live in Montana; but these people cannot be in the company of children, even if the parent!!!


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