A Cody woman is facing a felony child endangerment charge after authorities reportedly found methamphetamine in the system of her 6-month-old baby last year.
Kristen R. Kenney, 34, made her first court appearance on the allegations on Tuesday, where her bail was set at $40,000 cash.
The allegations date back to early November — when the Wyoming Department of Family Services took custody of her child — but local law enforcement had been unable to find Kenney for the last several months. She was arrested Monday after showing up for a hearing in Park County’s District Court to answer separate, civil allegations that she
neglected the child.
In arguing for bail to be set at $40,000, Deputy Park County Prosecuting Attorney Leda Pojman called Kenney “an extreme flight risk and an extreme danger.” Among her arguments, Pojman said Kenney had failed to show up for a couple past court appearances, was uncooperative with law enforcement and “just the charge itself … indicates she’s an extreme danger.”
Kenney, who had recently been living in Neola, Utah, asked to be released while the case was pending.
“I’m willing to … I would like to go to treatment and I would like to be placed on an ankle monitor, so that I can start moving forward to seeing my children and getting them back,” Kenney said.
Fifth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters, however, went with Pojman’s recommendations.
Kenney is charged with a felony count of endangering a child with a controlled substance, which alleges Kenney caused her baby to ingest meth and/or allowed the child to be in a home with meth.
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