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Craig woman faces child abuse charges

Police: Meth found in newborn's system

Joshua Roberts

— The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has charged a 26-year-old Craig woman with child abuse, a charge that stems from her newborn baby allegedly testing positive for methamphetamine.

Prosecutors filed the charge, a misdemeanor, on Wednesday against Nichole Ann Wynne. The complaint alleges Wynne “unlawfully, knowingly and recklessly” caused injury or posed a threat to her child, a baby girl who was born Aug. 10 at The Memorial Hospital.

Brett Barkey, chief deputy district attorney, said prosecutors are considering additional charges against Wynne.

“There are some additional reports under review,” he said. “We’ll look at the reports carefully, and make the best decision we can. I suspect sometime next week we’ll be ready to decide.”

The Craig Police Department reported that Wynne’s daughter “tested positive for methamphetamine in its system due to use by the mother.” Findings from an investigation were turned over to the district attorney’s office and Moffat County Social Services, police reported.

Social Services director Marie Peer said she couldn’t comment on the investigation.

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Ed Veronda, the deputy district attorney who’s handling the case, said Wynne’s daughter has been removed from her custody via a court order.

“Obviously this is a very serious case and we’re going to look at it very seriously,” he said.

Wynne is scheduled to appear in Moffat County Court at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 23.

Wynne has no prior offenses in Moffat County.

Court records reveal she was charged in three cases, but each of the cases was dismissed. The last charges filed against her before Wednesday came in 2002 when Wynne faced domestic violence, assault and harassment charges, according to court records.

The district attorney’s office has a list of about seven people – comprised of police officers, doctors and Social Service workers – that could be called as potential witnesses, according to the complaint.

Samantha Johnston, TMH service excellence officer, said she could not comment on Wynne’s admission at the hospital due to patient privacy laws.

She said there are testing guidelines for newborns. Whether additional tests are administered for detecting things like narcotics is at the doctor’s discretion.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or jroberts@craigdailypress.com.