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Abandoned-child call leads to marijuana-growing room in Flowery Branch
Elyse Burbage
Elyse Marie Burbage

Flowery Branch police officers responded to a call Friday about an abandoned child at the Quad Oaks Apartments, and not only found the 2-year-old alone, but an indoor marijuana-growing operation potentially worth $8,000. 

Officers discovered the daughter of William Bryan Burbage, 28, and Elyse Marie Burbage, 26, alone in the couple’s Spring Street apartment; she had been left at home alone since early morning, according to Police Chief David Spillers. 

“It was discovered that later that morning the child’s mother had sent a text to a neighbor asking for someone to check on the 2-year-old,” Spillers said. “A neighbor began to care for the little girl, and then called police to the scene.” 

According to a news release issued by the Flowery Branch Police Department, during the follow-up investigation officers discovered a small indoor growing room with eight marijuana plants, including grow lights, potting soil, fertilizer, a variety of seeds and other items used to grow and manufacture marijuana.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Spillers said, the plants have an average yield at maturity of approximately 1 pound each, with a total street value of about $8,000.

Elyse Marie Burbage was arrested and charged with cruelty to a child in the second degree, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and manufacturing marijuana. William Bryan Burbage was arrested and accused of possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and manufacturing marijuana. 

The child was released into the custody of the maternal grandmother.

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