- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—News Dickinson, 58602

Andrew Wernette

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A South Dakota woman pleaded guilty to child abuse Monday at the Stark County Courthouse.

Courtney Jessen, 32, was arrested June 19 after authorities discovered she was under the influence of what she said was “spice,” commonly known as synthetic cannabis, around her infant child.

The report also states Jessen admitted to breastfeeding her child after smoking the drug.

Jessen was charged with child abuse, a Class C felony, and ingesting of a controlled substance, a Class A misdemeanor.

At an arraignment, Jessen accepted a plea deal where she pleaded guilty to both charges in exchange for a year of a suspended sentence for each charge, with credit for time already served. She will also serve three years of probation.

Woman pleads not guilty to cocaine, illegal medication

Roxanne Baldwin, 40, was arrested May 21 when authorities allegedly discovered a “small amount” of cocaine, meth paraphernalia and Tramadol, a medication for which the complaint states Baldwin does not have a prescription, in her residence. They also allegedly found a quantity of marijuana measuring less than half of an ounce.

Baldwin was charged with possession of cocaine and possession of a controlled substance, both Class C felonies, as well as possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

Michael Williams, 47, with whom Baldwin shares a residence, faces the same charges as her in addition to possession of methamphetamine and meth paraphernalia, both Class C felonies, and possession of marijuana paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

A fourth charge for Baldwin of possession of meth was dismissed by Southwest District Judge William Herauf when Baldwin’s attorney pointed out that the evidence in question, an item of drug paraphernalia with meth residue, fell under a different charge of its own. Herauf added he wouldn’t consider amending the charge at the hearing.

Williams will have a preliminary hearing at an undetermined future date.

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