An Elkin woman has been charged in connection to a case of sex crimes against minors, which already included charges against her husband.
According to police, warrants were issued for Tammy Renee Galyean, 40, of Elkin, who was arrested Jan. 22 in Surry County and charged with two counts of intentional felony child abuse serious physical injury. She was given a secured $50,000 bond. She is being held in Surry County Jail.
Police also indicated that Randy Jay Galyean, 52, of Elkin, was arrested on Jan. 21 in Surry County and on Jan. 30 in Yadkin County and charged with one count of felony first-degree rape, two counts of sex offense parental role, two counts of felony intentional child abuse serious physical injury, and one count of felony statutory rape sex offense defendant more than 6 years. He was given a total of $800,000 secured bond and is being held at the Yadkin County Jail.
The duo resided at 131 Thomas Lee Lane, outside of the town limits.
On Wednesday, next door to the residence on Thomas Lee Lane, a small child was observed bouncing on a trampoline in view of the Galyean residence. The family responsible for the child said they had no clue of the arrest and charges against the Galyeans.
“We didn’t know them at all. They were like older people. They’re not clean. The place is a mess. We just see a bunch of junk over there. We thank you for making us aware of it,” said a neighbor who requested to withhold her name.
According to a spokesperson with the Yadkin County Superior Court, Randy Jay Galyean had his first appearance last Friday and his next court date is scheduled for Feb. 12.
“Tammy Galyean will be brought in front of a judge today and will be assigned a lawyer, most likely,” said a deputy spokesperson with the Yadkin County Superior Court Thursday morning. “She hasn’t been assigned a second court date yet, but we estimate it will be around Feb. 18.”
According to the court spokesperson, Tammy Galyean is being held in Surry County Jail because Yadkin County can’t house female inmates at this time. She indicated the old jail is being refurbished and eventually will house female offenders.
According to a release by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, police received an anonymous tip by a Yadkin County resident who reported that while the offenders lived in Yadkin County, they were allegedly committing crimes that led to the charges.
The Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office would not release information on the region of Yadkin County where the alleged crimes took place.
However, a vehicle located on the Galyean property in Elkin displayed advertisement of a business owned by Galyean in Boonville. Calls to the business phone resulted in a message stating “the subscriber can not receive messages at this time.”
The Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office detectives said the investigation is ongoing.
The children have been placed in protective custody with the state.
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