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WASHBURN COUNTY -- New charges of child neglect have been filed against Mariah Pettit, of Spooner, WI, also recently charged with maintaining a drug trafficking place.
A new criminal complaint was filed on May 27, 2022, against Mariah Pettit, charging her with Class I Felony Neglecting a Child under the age of 6.
The criminal complaint states that on March 10, 2022, the Spooner Police Department was called to Pettit’s residence because a DOC Agent was at the residence and observed that Pettit appeared to be under the influence of some substance and she was breastfeeding a young child. Washburn County Department of Health and Human Services was also contacted and a social worker responded to the residence.
The criminal complaint states that the condition of the residence was not safe, there were large blood clots scattered on the floor, boxes stacked in a bedroom meant for a child and the child’s bed was covered in items. The kitchen counters were covered in dirty dishes, and the kitchen floor was sticky with substances. The bathroom was “a mess and had an odor”. The floor of the bedroom that apparently belonged to Pettit was covered in clothing and other items.
The Officer spoke with Pettit and observed that she was very fidgety, unable to stay focused, was talking very fast, and her pupils appeared to be dilated. The Officer also observed needle use marks on the insides of Pettit’s elbows.
Pettit initially stated that another child who lived at the residence was at school and that Pettit had to pick that child up in a while. The Spooner Police Officer at the scene became aware that someone was apparently hiding in a bedroom of the residence.
The Officer was also aware that Pettit was currently associated with someone known to have previously made threats against law enforcement and also known to carry a handgun and so the Officer approached the bedroom with his firearm in hand and gave orders to the person in the bedroom.
Ultimately the Officer determined that the person was in fact another of Pettit’s children. The Officer holstered his firearm and spoke quietly and calmly to the child who had apparently been sleeping.
Pettit’s children were removed from the residence and taken to safe locations for further care.
Pettit told officers that she had not used any drug in a few days and that she had thrown away all her “stuff”. DOC agents got a urine sample from Pettit and it showed a positive result for "benzo, cocaine, meth, and opioids", according to the criminal complaint filed against her.
Authorities later conducted a hair follicle test on the younger child whom Pettit had been breastfeeding. The criminal complaint states that the test returned positive for the presence of fentanyl at a quantitation of 214 pg/mg.
Pettit is also charged with Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, and Party to a Crime, Misdemeanor Resisting / Obstructing an Officer in a separate case filed against her in Washburn County Circuit Court. Those charges were filed following the fatal overdose of 19-year-old Logan Demarr.
Online circuit court records show that Pettit is scheduled to appear again in Washburn County Circuit Court on June 13, 2022, regarding all her criminal charges.
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