Casper police on Wednesday arrested a woman after methamphetamine was allegedly discovered inside her home where four children also lived.

Erica M. Patterson, 22, was booked into jail on recommended charges of meth possession and four counts of child endangerment by methamphetamine. She will likely make her initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Charging papers say a Casper police officer went to an apartment at 2650 South McKinley shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday to assist the Wyoming Department of Family Services. DFS agents were conducting a home visit and reportedly found Patterson to be high on methamphetamine and in possession of the drug.

Four children, none of them older than three years of age, were present in the home.

Patterson allegedly told authorities that she had used meth Wednesday morning. She refused to take a urine test because she believed she would fail, according to the affidavit.

DFS agents reported that Patterson stored the methamphetamine in the room where she and two of the children slept.

A police officer found the house "to be so messy he had trouble finding an area to stand in when he entered the residence," court papers say.

In an upstairs bedroom, officers allegedly found six used syringes, an orange plastic spoon with a white substance in it, and a small bag of methamphetamine.

Patterson allegedly told police she had used meth that morning so that she could clean herself and "deal with the stress she was currently experiencing."

The four children were taken into protective custody and turned over to the Wyoming Department of Family Services. Patterson was arrested and taken to jail.

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