Jason Cathcart Pleads Guilty To Child Endangerment Meth and Meth Possession Charges
A Casper man is admitting that he had methamphetamine in his house, as well as his children.
Thirty-four year old Jason Cathcart has pleaded guilty to two charges of child endangerment meth and one charge of possession of a controlled substance meth.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in September, officers were called to the Wyoming Medical Center about a one-year-old girl with severe head trauma.
The child had significant head injuries and was on a ventilator.
The officer also observed burns to the face and head, as well as multiple injuries in various stages of healing over her body.
Officers went to a house on the 1700 block of South Fairdale Avenue, where Cathcart lived, along with 25-year old Stephanie Shirts, and 25-year old Bobbi Humphreys.
They checked on other children in the house who did not appear to have any injuries, and they were taken into protective custody.
Shirts is accused of burning the child’s face with a hot sauce pan, as well as shaking the child violently and smothering her, to get her to stop crying.
During search warrants executed on the residence, officers – with the help of a k9 dog – found and collected drug paraphernalia evidence.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will seek either a four-to-five year prison sentence for Cathcart, or a cold plea, which means either side can argue for whatever sentence they think is appropriate.
Cathcart is free on $25,000 bond and will be sentenced at a later date.
He could face up to five years in prison on each of the charges.
Meanwhile, Humphreys has pleaded guilty to charges connected to this case, and is waiting to be sentenced.
Shirts has pleaded not guilty to four counts of child abuse, one count of aggravated child abuse, and four counts of child endangerment meth and is awaiting trial.