Casper Woman Denies Child Endangerment, Meth Charges
A Casper woman on Thursday pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of child endangerment for allegedly possessing and using methamphetamine near two small children.
Dee Ann Parks faces up to 10 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if convicted of the felony charges. She is also charged with misdemeanor possession of methamphetamine, which could put her behind bars for up to a year.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, police on Jan. 31 received a report of a 2-year-old wandering outside wearing only a diaper. Police contacted Parks, identified as the child's grandmother. They also located and spoke with Sherra Danielson, Parks's daughter.
Parks consented to officers checking the residence to ensure the child's safety and welfare. Once inside, officers ran background checks for Danielson and Parks. Police found that Danielson was on probation for child endangerment with methamphetamine.
A probation and parole officer was called to the residence, and Danielson provided a urine sample which tested presumptively positive for methamphetamine. Police officers then searched the apartment and located a metal lock box which contained meth pipes.
Several toys and food items were located near the box, which was easily accessible by the two young children living in the apartment.
Parks was free on bond at the time of Thursday's arraignment in Natrona County District Court.
Danielson and Parks were arrested and the children were placed in protective custody.