Grand Forks woman pleads not guilty to child endangerment after daughter reveals mom's drug habit
The Grand Forks woman whose 4-year-old daughter exposed her alleged marijuana habit to police pleaded not guilty in Grand Forks District Court on Wednesday.
Kaitlyn Campbell, 21, is facing charges of child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia after an officer reportedly found a marijuana pipe in her vehicle following a routine traffic stop on Jan. 19.
According to an affidavit, her 4-year old daughter and 1-year-old son were in the vehicle. Campbell's daughter told authorities "mommy smokes weed all the time" and identified the pipe she said belonged to Campbell.
Campbell left the courtroom with a pretrial hearing set for May 3.
But her companion in the vehicle returned to jail.
Jessica Page Gordon, 19, also pleaded not guilty to the same two charges as Campbell did, as well as a possession of marijuana count.
But Gordon, from Park River, had a warrant out for her arrest for failing and missing drug tests, both violations of her parole.
Gordon had allegedly tested positive for methamphetamines on Feb. 17, missed a test on Feb. 28 and had offered a sample on Feb. 23 that was determined to be too diluted to test.
Gordon's attorney, David Neil Ogren, said that his client missed the test because she doesn't have a voicemail on her phone and explained that her diluted sample was due to a large amount of Powerade she drank before giving the sample.
Judge Joel Medd took the state's recommendation and had Gordon jailed for the alleged violations. He said he would revisit the issue during a hearing next week.
Child endangerment is a Class C felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.