Child found; two arrested for drugs, child endangerment

Sherra Rae Danielson and Dee Ann Parks (courtesy of the Casper Police Department)

Casper Police say that two women were arrested on recommended charges including Child Endangerment and Drug Possession, after an investigation that began with a found child.

Casper police report that an individual reported finding an approximately 2-year-old child wandering alone, wearing only a diaper. The reporting party told officers that they brought the child into their home, as the child was cold from being outside.

The reporting party said that they had did not know how long the child had been alone. Police paperwork says that the child was taken into a private apartment, and does not clarify if the child had been outdoors, or only in the apartment hallway.

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Police alerted the Department of Family Services and began knocking on nearby doors, searching for the child’s home. An affidavit in the case says that while on the phone with DFS, a woman entered the apartment complex hallway, after walking a dog.

Officers were approached by the woman, later identified as Parks. She said that upon entering the building she went to her apartment and discovered a child missing, and then reported the child to officers on scene.

The affidavit goes on to say that police spoke with both Parks and Danielson, who was identified as another resident of the home. Parks claimed that the child had been asleep when she left earlier in the day. Danielson is reported to have told officers that she worked the night shift and had fallen asleep, which may have allowed the child to leave the home.

Police say that a subsequent investigation showed that Danielson was currently a client of State Probation and Parole, for a previous charge of Child Endangerment with Methamphetamine. Both Danielson and Parks initially denied having methamphetamine in the residence to officers.

When agents from P & P arrived on scene, officers say that Danielson admitted to using methamphetamine earlier in the week.

A subsequent search of a bedroom, belonging to Danielson, yielded an unlocked box containing two glass pipes with suspected methamphetamine residue, and two straw “tooters” containing similar residue. Also found in the box was a homemade socket pipe, containing suspected marijuana residue. The box was reportedly located near some children’s toys and and food.

A search of Parks’ room is reported to have found another box containing three jeweler’s bags containing suspected methamphetamine residue. When asked about the drugs, Parks is alleged to have admitted to using methamphetamine four days prior.

Both women were arrested and transported to the Natrona County Detention Center.

Danielson faces recommended charges including Child Endangering With Drugs, Possession of Marijuana, and Possession of Methamphetamine.

Parks faces recommended charges including Child Endangering With Drugs and Possession of Methamphetamine.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.