Mother admits endangering children who lived in meth lab house

November 13, 2013 | By More

School signA woman has admitted endangering the health of her son and daughter by having them living with her in a house that was being used for methamphetamine manufacture.

The children now aged 13 and 15 have been taken into Child, Youth, and Family Service care.

The 32-year-old woman has been granted interim name suppression to protect the identity of the children who are both still at school.

Christchurch District Court Judge Jane Farish told the mother: “Publication of your name would be unfortunate for them. I can imagine the school yard banter.

“Most probably it is already known that they have been removed from their mother’s care, so they don’t need additional strife on top of that.”

The woman’s partner at the time, a 24-year-old dairy worker, also pleaded guilty to drugs charges. He does not have suppression but his name cannot be published because of the woman’s interim order.

The man admitted charges of manufacturing methamphetamine at a Linwood address last year and receiving a stolen vehicle worth $2500.

He also admitted separate charges of possessing equipment and substances for manufacturing the drug, and unrelated charges of assault and intimidation.

Judge Farish remanded him in custody for sentence on February 4.

The woman admitting a charge of knowingly allowing the Linwood house to be used for methamphetamine manufacture.

She also admitted that having the care of her son and daughter she “engaged in conduct likely to cause suffering, injury, or adverse affects to health by allowing them to be exposed to the risks associated with the manufacture or consumption of methamphetamine”.

Judge Farish remanded her to the same date for sentence but asked for a pre-sentence report to assess her suitability for home detention. The sentencing session will also have victim impact reports on the two children.

Defence counsel Mark Callaghan said the woman had only one previous conviction for possession of a pipe for smoking drugs, in 2011.

He asked for the bail condition that she not contact the children now be withdrawn, because the children were in CYPS care and any contact was always supervised.

Her 13-year-old daughter had become distressed because of the non-contact with her mother.

He asked for the suppression order, to protect the children, and Judge Farish agreed.

“I don’t think your offending should be visited on your children,” the judge told the woman. “They are obviously struggling enough with the consequences of your actions.”

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