Columbus resident arrested of child-neglect, drug possesion

A local man was arrested for child neglect and possession of drug paraphernalia after officers were sent to the 2200 block of Seventh Street about suspicious activity inside a vehicle.

When they arrived at 3:45 p.m. Friday, police spoke to Joshua C. Janes, 32, of 4303 Roosevelt St., and detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

A short time later, officers found a glass smoking device under the vehicle’s center console as well as four firearms that were unsecured inside the vehicle, Harris said.

Officers noted that Janes’ child was in the back seat of the vehicle and had a strong odor of burnt marijuana on her clothing, Harris said.

Janes was taken to the Bartholomew County Jail and was released after posting $10,000 bond, jail officials said.

The Department of Child and Family Services assisted with the investigation and the child was later released to a family member, Harris said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at or (812) 379-5631.