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Child Neglect Charges For Woman Who Smoked Meth

Child Neglect Charges For Woman Who Smoked Meth

Child endangerment charges for woman in Wright County for child neglect. Police found her 5-year-old child in the cold. The Hampton fire department called the police because the mother and daughter were standing at the front of the fire department. Leah Lewis claimed that her daughter was a boy and seemed to be intoxicated. The fire department let Lewis and her daughter into the fire station to warm up. Lewis was walking in circles and seemed animated. Her daughter was also wearing mittens on her feet and did not have shoes on. It was 19 degree out when Lewis claimed that they were looking for a hotel because things got “weird” at a man’s apartment. The police got in contact with the man who claimed Lewis had smoked and injected meth while she was staying with him. The five-year old child stated that she was cold and only had 7 minutes of sleep the night before. It is unknown how long they were wondering around outside. She was also confused about the number and gender of her children. Lewis was charged with child neglect which carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and/or $3,000 fine. In Minnesota, this is considered a gross misdemeanor.
Child Endangerment in Minnesota
There are many different ways an individual can be charged with child endangerment. Minnesota Statute 609.378 states that “a parent, legal guardian, or caretaker who willfully deprives a child of necessary food, clothing, shelter, health care, or supervision appropriate to the child’s age, when the parent, guardian, or caretaker is reasonably able to make the necessary provisions and the deprivation harms or is likely to substantially harm the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health is guilty of neglect of a child and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than one year or to payment of a fine of not more than $3,000, or both.” A person can also be sentenced to up to five years in prison and/or $10,000 fine if the deprivation results in substantial harm to the child.
According to the Department of Human Services, the most common form of neglect in Minnesota is a failure to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical or mental health care, education, or supervision. Other forms of neglect are when a parent exposes a child to drugs during pregnancy and causing emotional harm to a child. If you are charged with child neglect, do not wait to hire an attorney. Contact an attorney as soon as you have been arrested and do not make any incriminating statements. Once in police custody, state that you are invoking your right to silence and that you want an attorney. The police will then have to cease questioning. Do not talk to others about the charges as those statements can be harming to your case.
Lewis will need an experienced Wright County defense attorney. If you have been charged with child endangerment or child neglect, contact Keller Law Offices. Max Keller is a criminal attorney who practices in Wright County, Minnesota. Because he is a Wright County criminal attorney, he has handled many criminal matters including child neglect cases. He has obtained many stays of impositions for his clients and stays of adjudication. Because Max Keller is a criminal attorney, he is able to explain the charges and process in a way that is easy to understand without using complex legal terms. Call 952-913-1421 to speak with a criminal attorney. Keller Law Offices offers payment plans in most cases and offers a free consultation. Max Keller will advocate for you.

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