By Associated Press - Wednesday, October 28, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Sioux Falls woman accused of having methamphetamine at an in-home daycare has been sentenced.

Circuit Court Judge Robin Houwman on Wednesday handed 34-year-old Jennifer Darger a 15-year sentence with 10 years suspended. Darger earlier pleaded guilty to distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and contributing to the neglect of a minor.

Darger and her husband were arrested in March after a tip from her 16-year-old daughter led police to search their home.

Minnehaha County State’s Attorney Aaron McGowan had recommended the maximum sentence of 10 years because of Darger’s past drug-related convictions and the fact that she was dealing drugs out of the same house from which she operated an in-home daycare.

Darger told Houwman she relapsed after nine years of sobriety because she lost her job.

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