GI Couple Arrested for Child Abuse After Drugs Found in Home With Children

GI Couple Arrested for Child Abuse After Drugs Found in Home With Children

A Grand Island couple is in jail after Grand Island Police said officers found drugs and drug paraphernalia in their home with four children living there.

On Wednesday afternoon, GIPD arrested Adriana Veliz, 29, on four counts of intentional child abuse, possession with intent to distribute, possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Veliz’s boyfriend, Eduardo Aldaba-Montanez, 27, was also arrested on the same charges.

According to GIPD, officers were called to a local preschool Wednesday afternoon after a five-year-old male was not picked up from the school. Concerns were made to officers about the living conditions of the child’s home on West Koenig Street leading them to do a welfare check.

Upon walking through the residence with Veliz, GIPD said officers located drugs and drug paraphernalia inside. This led them to secure a search warrant of the home. Then then located 49.5 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales and packaging material.

GIPD said four children were in the home and were put in danger by the large amount of methamphetamine.

The children were placed in a 48-hour hold and also placed in the custody of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

GIPD Capt. Jim Duering said cases of drugs and child abuse “are not overly uncommon” but are not becoming more common either.

“Drugs and drug abuse where the kids can have contact with it is one of the ways which child abuse and substance abuse go hand-in-hand,” he said. “But it is not a daily occurrence.”

Aldaba-Montanez and Veliz are currently lodged in the Hall County Jail.