Three Arrests for Child Endangering in Separate Incidents
(Gillette, Wyo.) A 22-year-old Gillette woman is facing three felony charges after her stepfather found drug paraphernalia in her bedroom.
When officers arrived at the residence on Wolff Road around 8 a.m. on Sunday, a 49-year-old male reported that when he went into his stepdaughter’s room to check on her child, he observed a meth bong on the floor next to the crib. The child was sleeping at the time.
According to the court documents, the female admitted to officers she had smoked methamphetamine on the back porch of the residence Saturday night. The female gave officers the bong and also consented to a search of the bedroom she shares with her 10-month old child.
Officers did not locate any other drugs or paraphernalia in the bedroom, but did note children’s toys on the floor. The female also told officers her child is able to crawl and often does around their shared bedroom.
With the female’s permission, officers also searched her vehicle. Inside police found a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in crystal form and a metal marijuana grinder containing a small amount of marijuana.
The Department of Family Services was contacted and determined the child could stay at the residence with the female’s parents.
The female was subsequently arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance in liquid form, felony possession of a controlled substance in plant form, and child endangering. She also had an outstanding Campbell County warrant for a previous charge of possession of methamphetamine.
Each of the felony charges is punishable by up to five years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both.
Not sugar and spice
Since that time there have been two additional arrests for child endangering, stemming from unrelated incidents.
Just before midnight Sunday, officers patrolling Cam-Plex Park located a 33-year-old male sleeping in his running vehicle with his 5-year-old child.
Officers observed the male had a green leafy substance on his chest and a baggy of the same substance in the center console. After officers were unable to wake the male, they opened the door of the vehicle to check his welfare.
“When he woke up, he began fighting with the officers as he tried to remove and conceal the baggy of spice,” said Gillette Police Sgt. Eric Dearcorn.
During the altercation, the male bit one officer in the hand and was subsequently arrested for DUI under controlled substance, child endangering, bodily injury to an officer, and interference with an officer.
Drinking and momming
Last night, a 43-year-old female was arrested after police were called to the Anchor Motel for a female refusing to leave a room.
Officers located the female and her four-year-old son in the area of Second Street and Miller Avenue. Sgt. Dearcorn said the young child was wearing only a t-shirt, underwear, and shoes. He was also wrapped in a large sweatshirt and shivering when officers arrived, so he was placed inside a patrol car to warm up. The outside temperature was around 40 when police contacted the pair.
It was determined the female was under the influence of alcohol based on her slurred speech and the odor. Officers reported she had difficulty answering questions and yelled at them.
It was determined the female was unable to care for herself or her child. She was subsequently arrested for public intoxication and child endangerment. A portable breath test resulted in a reading of .282.