A southwest Missouri woman has been charged with two felony counts because she allegedly gave meth to her 13-year-old daughter. Ann Lampe faces up to 14 years in prison for child endangerment after her daughter told police of multiple instances where the mother smoked meth with the girl.
* The Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader reports Lampe first smoked meth with her daughter in her car. The second time was in her apartment on East Walnut Street near National Avenue. Incidents happened between May and August, according to court documents obtained by the media outlet.
* Lampe was charged and arrested Friday. A search of Missouri Case Net docket entries reveals bond was set at $7,500. Conditions of Lampe's release include no contact with a minor under the age of 17, no contact with someone named "C.D." and the person cannot possess controlled substances.
* The 13-year-old told investigators her mother "gave her meth more times than she could remember." The teen smoked it, snorted it and used a glass pipe to inhale the smoke from meth.
* Police documents allege Lampe knew it was wrong to provide meth to her daughter. However, the mother said she did so in order to prevent the girl from "throwing a fit" if she didn't get what she wanted.
* In addition to meth, police argue the mother also supplied prescription medications to the girl. Alprazolam and hydrocodone are also part of the investigation.
* It is unclear whether or not the 34-year-old has legal custody of the girl. Drug use allegedly occurred only when the child visited the mother's apartment on Walnut Street.
*The charges stem from incidents on May 1, according to Case Net. Endangering the welfare of a child in the first degree carries a maximum sentence of seven years each in the Missouri criminal justice system. Such charges are class C felonies.
* Someone charged with child endangerment "knowingly acts in a manner that creates substantial risk to the life, body or health of a child less than 17 years old." The same charge can be made against someone if the person is in possession of meth in front of a minor. Anyone in Missouri can face felony charges for manufacturing, possessing, selling, testing or analyzing meth in front of a minor child.
* Lampe does not have an attorney. No previous criminal charges were filed against someone named "Ann Lampe" in the Missouri judicial system.
* It is unclear at this time who has custody of the daughter. Neither the News-Leader, nor the court docket entries, specified what happened to the daughter after her mother's arrest on Friday.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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