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Flowery Branch man is 2nd person charged in connection with teen's death

Winder girl died Feb. 14; drugs found in her system

POSTED: March 16, 2013 12:30 a.m.

The Barrow County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a second person connected with the death of a Barrow County teenager.
Terry Littleton, of Flowery Branch, was arrested March 14 and charged with criminal attempt to distribute a controlled substance and use of a communication facility in commission of a criminal attempt to distribute a controlled substance.

Authorities say Littleton, 25, and Emily Smith assisted the victim, 18-year-old Morgan Wages, in obtaining drugs prior to her death.

The two allegedly engineered a deal for the teen to procure methadone via cell phone.

Smith, 37, was charged last week with reckless conduct, criminal attempt distribution of a controlled substance and use of a communication facility in commission of a criminal attempt to distribute a controlled substance.

Prior to her arrest, Smith was a sixth-grade math teacher at Winder-Barrow Middle School.

She had been with the Barrow County School system for 14 years.

“She is no longer an employee with the Barrow County School System and an ethics complaint is being filed with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission,” Barrow County School System Superintendent Wanda Creel said in an email.

The charges stem from an investigation after the Winder teenager’s Feb. 14 death, according to Barrow County Sheriff Jud Smith.

Smith and Littleton used a cellphone to help Wages get the drugs, authorities said. The teenager was watching Smith’s child while they were attempting to get the drug, a press release said.

The victim’s cellphone was by her side when she died. Investigators received permission from the family to go through the phone and found information about a narcotics transaction that led them to the arrest, the Sheriff Jud Smith said.

“Anytime there is a suspicious death we try to let the family know we will do everything to find out the cause of death,” he said.

Investigators are still awaiting autopsy reports to determine the cause of death. Toxicology reports show a high level of Methadone and a medium level of Xanax in Wages’ system, the sheriff said.

The investigation remains ongoing.


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