Couple accused of ‘hotboxing’ car with children inside

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DUNCAN, Okla. - An Oklahoma couple remain in jail, accused of getting their children high on synthetic drugs.

Tabitha and Chance Derryberry were arrested in Duncan last week. Now, the couple is facing multiple child neglect charges.

Authorities said the two smoked K2, a dangerous form of synthetic marijuana, in a locked car with the windows up.

It's a process known as 'hotboxing' and when authorities arrived they found two children nearly unconscious in the back seat.

The dangers of K2 are all too familiar here in Oklahoma.

Its effects were on full display outside Duncan, when officials responded to reports of a car driving all over the road.

"This occurred at approximately 1 a.m. in the morning, that a vehicle was observed driving into oncoming traffic," said Wayne McKinney, Stephens County Sheriff.

Deputies ultimately found the car parked just off old Highway 81, with smoke pouring from the cab

"Lot of smoke on the inside of the car," McKinney said. "[Deputy] first thought the vehicle might be on fire, there was so much smoke."

Inside the car, officials found Chance and Tabitha, along with multiple cigars filled with synthetics.

In the back seat were two children, ages six and three, mostly unresponsive.

"They had taken in so much of the smoke that was in the car, inhaled so much in their small lungs, that they were completely overcome by this substance," McKinney said.

According to court records, the youngest child was missing his pants and had defecated on himself.

But, the magnitude of the situation was lost on the Derryberrys.

According to the sheriff's office, the two were so high they were unable to walk or talk, described as near "zombie-like."

"We took the children immediately into protective custody at the scene," McKinney said.

Chance and Tabitha are facing five and four charges respectively and remain in the Stephens County jail.

Each have been booked on a $1 million bond.

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