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Mississippi man wanted on felony child abuse charges arrested after a week on the run

A Lee County man wanted for felony child abuse was captured Tuesday after a week on the run.

Paul Eric Leathers was wanted after a 3 year old in his care tested positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine earlier this month. All children were removed from the home by Child Protective Services.

Both caretakers of the children were determined to have had a length criminal record and they both tested positive for methamphetamine. Warrants were issued for both caretakers.

Leatehrs was booked in Lee County Jail on August 11th. Bond was set at $100,000. Cassie Neely of Plantersville was arrested on August 4th, also with a $100,000 bond.

Jon Ross Myers

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