Muncie mom brings 4-year-old son to heroin deal
Muncie Police spent over a year-and-a-half investigating the major heroin operation and this wasn't the first time Mya Moody brought her son to a deal.
"On two occasions when we made controlled buys from her, she was actually bringing the child to the actual drop-off point. Both times, they were on foot," said Muncie Police Narcotics Officer Scott O'Dell.
Police say Mya Moody brought her young son on drug deals.
The deals were often made in store parking lots not far from their homes.
"She carried a four-year-old and one arm, holding the heroin in the other," O'Dell said. "She could have got her child killed. There's drug deals that go bad. People robbing each other."
From Muncie to Indy, heroin is fueling street gun violence. Mya Moody's little boy was lucky to not be in the crossfire.
"It's very dangerous," O'Dell said.
The suspect's apartment on Muncie's east side looked empty and ransacked Friday, the door wide open. Under the noses of other families, Moody, her brother Kriss and Sean Wardrip allegedly ran the operation out of the residence.
Kriss Moody and Sean Wardrip were also arrested.The day of the arrest, police followed Kriss Moody, the alleged boss, to his supplier in Ohio. They pulled him over back in Indiana, found about two ounces of heroin. At his home, they found guns and methamphetamine in a safe.
Police closed down what they call a major operation, but O'Dell says "the worry is someone comes in and fills that spot. Kind of like a never-ending cycle, basically."
In drug cases, neighbors coming forward with tips can be crucial.
"She let me use her phone a couple times to call a cab," said Tiffani Eggleston, who lives next door to the alleged ring's heroin headquarters.
She had no idea about the ring, but she knows about endangering little ones. She's the mother of a toddler.
"You never know. Drug deal could go wrong, they could start shooting. They don't know where they're shooting. Shoot the kids, anything," she said.
"Not good," said another neighbor, Kevin Jackson. "I don't like that at all. I'm glad to see it gone if that's what was going on over there."
Not only were the suspects allegedly selling the heroin, police say they were using heavily, too.
Eyewitness News has learned Child Protective Services stepped in to help Moody's child.