CHAMBERLAIN-A Chamberlain couple was arrested Monday after police allegedly found them unconscious in a smoke-filled apartment that was also occupied by two children.
According to court documents, testing at the Brule County Jail indicated that both Tyler Harmon and Katrina Harmon, both 28, had a blood-alcohol content higher than 0.20 percent at the time.
Chamberlain police responded Monday to a report of a possible fire in a South Grace Street apartment in Chamberlain. According to court documents, when officers arrived at the scene, they found two men trying to get into the locked apartment. The men said there may have been children inside, and one of them had called 911.
One of the officers located a master key and unlocked the apartment door. Inside, the apartment was filled with smoke, and officers found Tyler and Katrina Harmon unconscious on a chair and bed, respectively.
In the bedroom, an 11-month-old girl was reportedly found crying on the floor, and a 7-year-old child was lying next to Katrina Harmon.
An officer and the man who called 911 turned off the apartment's stove, on top of which a pan of dry rice was on fire. The Chamberlain Fire Department arrived at the scene, and both children were taken by ambulance to a hospital for smoke inhalation. The baby was found to have a fever of 102.5 degrees, and the children were ultimately taken into South Dakota Department of Social Services care.
Police were eventually able to wake both Harmons. Katrina Harmon reportedly said she had one drink and that she had not heard the child crying next to her. Tyler Harmon was reportedly too intoxicated to respond to questioning.
The Harmons were arrested and transported to the Brule County Jail. There, Tyler Harmon gave a preliminary breath test of 0.216, and Katrina Harmon gave a PBT of 0.229.
At the time of the arrest, Tyler Harmon was on probation for a 2018 federal conviction of assaulting, resisting and impeding a federal officer.
Tyler Harmon is charged with two counts of child abuse, a Class 4 felony, and two counts of contributing to abuse, neglect or delinquency. Katrina Harmon is charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor less than 7 years of age, a Class 3 felony.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been updated to correctly denote the blood-alcohol content measured in the two arrested individuals.