Kennewick woman sentenced for drug possession

Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City HeraldDecember 25, 2013 

A Kennewick woman was sentenced to a month in jail for leaving methamphetamine in her bedroom that got into the hands of a toddler.

Jazzmen Latay Slack, 21, reportedly knew that young children regularly visited her family's apartment.

"I'm sorry," Slack said Thursday in Benton County Superior Court, adding that she will not get in trouble again.

"I hope not," Judge Vic VanderSchoor replied.

Slack pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and possession of sleeping pills for the Jan. 28 incident.

She also entered guilty pleas in an unrelated case for second-degree taking a vehicle without permission and two counts of forgery.

Slack lived with her mother and the older woman's boyfriend, who has two younger children with Slack's mother. Court documents said Slack sold drugs out of the South Newport Street home, while also using meth there.

In late January, Christopher Desean Jackson -- the mother's boyfriend -- had been caring for his 20-month-old niece all day when he noticed that she was "acting strangely and rubbing her eyes."

Hours later, when Jackson's mother came to pick up all four of her granddaughters, she reportedly made the same observations and noted that the young girl had very red eyes, was "wringing her hands and blowing saliva bubbles."

The grandmother had custody of the girl, and took her to Trios Health in Kennewick where a drug test showed the presence of meth.

Jackson contacted his mother while she was at the hospital and said the girl may have taken some questionable "juice" belonging to Slack, documents said.

Slack received a 30-day jail term for the endangerment, with 334 days suspended, and 30 days for the sleeping pills. The time is to be served together.

Jackson received a prison sentence in April on a felony charge of endangerment with a controlled substance and possession of meth.

In Slack's other case, a Kennewick man allowed her to stay at his home. He told police that when he met her, she identified herself with a different name.

The man said that he was contacted Oct. 2by a Pasco store because a woman was attempting to use one of his checks. He spoke with Slack and told her if she continued to do that, he would seek charges against her, court documents said.

He learned several weeks later that additional checks were used fraudulently on his account. He told Slack he was going to the authorities, and on Oct. 21, she took his 2005 Cadillac STS, court documents said.

The man said he had allowed Slack to drive the car on occasion, but he didn't give her permission to take it on that date. She also allegedly took a cellphone, watch, ring, tools and a vacuum.

A detective met with an employee at a tanning salon who remembered Slack coming in and writing a check. The employee identified Slack from a photo montage.

The detective also spoke with one of Slack's relatives, who was with Slack when she wrote a fraudulent check to Benton PUD but didn't know it was stolen, documents said.

One check was for $286 and the other for $179, documents showed.

Police tracked down Slack on Nov. 18 when they found the Cadillac parked outside the home of her significant other.

Slack is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday on the forgery case.

-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 582-1531;; Twitter: @KristinMKraemer

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