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Multiple charges against woman arrested Friday in drug, endangerment case

May 13, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

Tlana Jealous, 22, of Riverton, was arrested at about 2 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of West Main Street for possession of methamphetamine, use of methamphetamine, child endangerment and a warrant for failure to appear.

Police says she had left her two daughters --a 2-year-old and a 6-month-old --in a vehicle at the Rodeway Inn with two unconscious subjects and a bag that contained trace amounts of methamphetamine.

Police were called to the scene by a woman who was staying at the hotel. She said she was walking to her room when she heard a baby screaming. The sound reportedly was coming from a tan 2004 Buick Rainier parked nearby.

"She looked through the window and saw a male and female were passed out in the car," Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said. "One child was crawling around in the driver's seat, while another very small infant was lying next to the car seat on the bench screaming."

The woman removed the two children from the vehicle and brought them to the hotel office.

When they arrived on scene, police made contact with Jealous, who was inside the hotel. They said she had been using drugs but was not under the influence of alcohol.

"Tlana had several marks on her arms, extreme dry mouth, and her responses seemed to be noticeably slow and sluggish," Murphy said.

She consented to a search of her vehicle. Officials said they found a small zip-lock bag containing trace amount of meth in the Buick, and Jealous's purse contained a rolled up $20 bill with white-colored dust on the inside.

"We showed Tlana what we found and asked her when was the last time she used," Murphy said. "She said about 3 o' clock that morning."

Officials contacted the Northern ArapahoDepartment of Social ServicesChild Protection Service to take the children into custody. Murphy explained the justification for the child endangerment charge.

"The 6-month-old was actually moving around freely in the car and had very direct access to the methamphetamine," he said. "The baggie was on the kick plate of the front driver's side door. (Plus) the fact she left them in there with two people who were passed out."

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