(Riverton, Wyo.) – Guests at the Roadway Inn alerted police and took matters into their own hands when they discovered two small children in a car parked next to the motel with two adults that were “passed out” inside. According to Captain Eric Murphy of the Riverton Police Department, the guests were returning to their room when they walked past a tan 2004 Buick Rainier in which an infant was reported to be screaming. The guests apparently could not awaken the adults, so they gathered the children up and took them to the motel office and called police. The children were females, ages 6 months and 2 years old.
Police arrived at the scene and made contact with the mother of the children, Talana Jealous Of Him, who was not one of the two adults passed out in the car. “Mom appeared to have been using drugs, she blew 0.0 for a breath alcohol test but had marks on her arms, had an extreme dry mouth and her verbal responses were slow and sluggish,” according to the police report. She gave her consent for her vehicle to be searched, and police found a zip-lock like bag with trace amounts of methamphetamine in it. Police also found a rolled-up $20 bill in her purse with a white substance on the inside roll. After officers showed her the evidence, she allegedly admitted to officers that she had taken methamphetamine at 3 a.m. that morning.
Northern Arapahoe Child Protective Services was contacted and the two children were placed into their custody.
Jealous Of Him was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine, use of methamphetamine, child endangerment and on an outstanding failure to appear warrant.
Murphy said the child endangerment charge came about because the infant was crawling on the front seat and could’ve had direct contact with the bag that that contained methamphetamine.
Murphy did not have any additional information about the man and woman who had been passed out in the back seat of Jealous Of Him’s vehicle.
Murphy said the arrest continued a string of recent methamphetamine arrests, including several last week that apparently involved a new form of the drug called “Monster Meth” that had been cut with another substance or substances.