Julie Ann Pace

Julie Ann Pace

Lafayette parents were recently arrested and face charges of child abuse and neglect following an incident that took place on July 4.

Dale Anthony Metsiou, 41, and Julie Ann Pace, 39, were taken into custody after an incident occurred in the area of Coolidge Road and Akersville Road in Lafayette.

According to the arrest reports, Lafayette police officer Josh McClard was dispatched after a call was received about a naked woman walking down the street with a small child.

The caller had the child when McClard arrived in the area.

Pace was found naked in a nearby trailer court and was disoriented. When asked if she had taken any drugs, she told McClard that she had used methamphetamine earlier in the evening along with marijuana.

McClard attempted to return to the child to Metsiou, but Metsiou seemed to be impaired also. When he was asked what he had taken, Metsiou said that he had used a methamphetamine along with marijuana.

He was also unaware that Pace and the child were away from the home.

After inquiring as to whether there were other children in the home, Metsiou said that there were, and McClard entered the residence to check on the well-being of the child.

McClard discovered unsanitary conditions that included animal feces on the floor. The child was asleep in a chair with visible bed bugs on its face.

In another room, there was marijuana in plain view along with a smoking pipe.

The Tennessee Department of Children's Services was contacted, and both Metsiou and Pace were arrested.

While being booked into the Macon County Jail, Pace was behaving strangely and was searched by a female officer. She was found to be concealing a bottle of Ambien between her legs.

Pace faces charges of child abuse, indecent exposure, public intoxication, introducing drugs into a county institution and simple possession.

Her bond was set at $18,200, and the court date for both Pace and Metsiou is slated for Aug. 15.

Metsiou was charged with child abuse, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

His bond was set at $12,200.