Laramie Man Charged With Felony Child Endangerment
A man accused of using and storing methamphetamine and paraphernalia in a home where three young children lived pleaded not guilty to a felony child endangerment charge Monday in Albany County District Court.
Shannon Stevenson, 41, could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted of endangering children with a controlled substance. Judge Jeffrey Donnell on Monday set trial in the matter for March 1-2.
Amanda Helgeson, 35, pleaded not guilty to a similar charge last month.
A Laramie police detective on Aug. 11 went to a residence where Stevenson had been staying to serve a warrant on another person and follow up on a lead in an unrelated investigation.
Court documents say the detective came into contact with Stevenson and allegedly discovered a hypodermic needle containing suspected liquid methamphetamine residue in Stevenson's waistband.
The tenant reportedly gave the detective permission to search the house for other drugs. According to the affidavit, a search turned up four more hypodermic needles containing suspected methamphetamine residue as well as three jewelers' bags containing shards of suspected methamphetamine and suspected methamphetamine residue.
The detective also allegedly found three plastic canisters containing suspected marijuana shake and burnt marijuana residue. Court documents say the detective also found several broken glass pipes containing suspected methamphetamine residue.
A five-year-old was present during the search, according to the affidavit.
Court documents say a 15-year-old had been there the previous day unsupervised and with access to the drugs. An 11-year-old also reportedly stayed at the home on occasion.
The drugs were not locked up or stored away from children, according to the affidavit.
Stevenson, in a police interview, allegedly admitted to using the needles for methamphetamine and said his significant other was aware of the methamphetamine in the home.
Stevenson also allegedly said his significant other used methamphetamine as well.
Stevenson remains free on $10,000 signature bond.