Finley mom charged with endangering child

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldJuly 28, 2013 

A Finley mother has been charged with endangerment after her toddler tested positive for having several illegal substances in her system, court documents show.

A new case was filed recently in Benton County Superior Court against Heather Nicole Roggenkamp.

The 24-year-old woman has been sent an order to appear in court Aug. 15 so she can answer to the charge of endangerment with a controlled substance.

Child Protective Services alerted Benton County sheriff's deputies to the issue this spring after social workers got involved regarding Roggenkamp's daughters -- a toddler and a young grade-schooler --and their "possible exposure" to drugs, documents said.

Deputy Prosecutor Anita Petra wrote that the toddler -- one month before her second birthday -- tested positive in April for amphetamines, methamphetamine, cannabinoids and THC, which is the main ingredient in marijuana.

Roggenkamp, in an interview with deputies, allegedly admitted that the younger girl was exposed to drugs in her presence at home.

The charge against Roggenkamp is for knowingly or intentionally permitting a dependent child to be exposed to, ingest, inhale or have contact with illegal drugs or ingredients used to make those drugs.

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