By Michael R. Moser
A local man charged with child abuse/neglect when he was and a woman were arrested for possession of drugs while caring for the toddler has pleaded guilty in Cumberland County Criminal Court and will appear before a judge at a later date to learn what his sentence might be.
Christopher Lee Duff, 24, was indicted by the grand jury in July on charges of child abuse/neglect, simple possession of methamphetamine, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The case was presented to the grand jury by Sheriff's Deputy David Moore and stems from a Nov. 28, 2012 incident during which Duff and Keisha Faye Hamby were arrested on the charges, according to court documents.
The indictment alleges that the two possessing drugs around a child less than two-years old placed that child in danger.
Duff was also facing charges of theft of more than $60,000 and vandalism of more than $60,000 in an unrelated case.
He pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of child endangerment, a class A misdemeanor, and theft of more than $10,000, a class C felony. He will appear before a judge on Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. for sentencing.
Duff is being given credit for 229 days served following his arrest up to the day he pleaded.