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Ronan woman pleads not guilty to criminal endangerment

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POLSON — A Ronan woman is accused of being high on drugs and passed out in a vehicle with a child in the car on a hot day. Miesha Skye Barnett, 24, entered a plea of not guilty at District Court in Polson on Sept. 1 to felony criminal endangerment.

According to charging documents, on Aug. 12, law enforcement responded to a report of a woman and child sleeping in a car in Pablo. The responding officer noted the temperature was 88 degrees. He observed a child inside the car. Her hair was “pasted to her head” from the heat inside the car and she appeared desperate for liquids. The officer also observed a razor blade and spoon on the dashboard. The spoon had a clear liquid in its bowl. A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up a piece of tinfoil with a burnt black residue. The search is also alleged to have yielded Suboxone and other drug paraphernalia. Suboxone is a drug used to treat people addicted to opiates.

District Judge James Manley granted Barnett an own recognizance release with drug monitoring. He set a trial date of Feb. 14, 2022.


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