Mother to admit child neglect
October 28, 2011
A 27-year-old Indian Hills woman is to plead guilty Nov. 15 to child endangerment, a gross misdemeanor, in an allegation that she left her 3-year-old daughter home alone for more than an hour.
Kami Knox waived her preliminary hearing on Wednesday in East Fork Justice Court.
Judge Pro Tem Paul Gilbert released Knox on her own recognizance.
“The allegations don’t involve physical harm to the child,” said Knox’s lawyer, Kris Brown.
Brown said Knox put the child down for a nap and expected her to sleep for a few hours as was her routine.
Knox left the house to run errands and returned one hour and 15 minutes later to find deputies at her residence.
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Officers were called by a woman who knocked on the door to inquire about a garage sale and found the little girl unattended.
Brown said Knox had two felony convictions for controlled substances from six years ago when she was a teenager, but successfully completed five years of felony probation.
The little girl is in her father’s custody.
Knox would live with her mother in Gardnerville, Brown said, as she has been ordered to stay away from the victim.
“She does have a stake in remaining in the area and remaining crime-free,” Brown said of Knox.
Prosecutor Erik Levin said it was the state’s position that Knox still had a drug problem.
Gilbert said Knox must abstain from drugs and alcohol and was under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.
A 21-year-old Douglas County Jail inmate must serve an additional 30 days after he pleaded guilty Wednesday to battery.
Travis Creamer told East Fork Judge Pro Tem Paul Gilbert he got into an alteration with another trusty in the jail kitchen.
Gilbert sentenced Creamer to an additional 60 days, suspended 30, and added the remainder to his sentence.
Creamer said he was scheduled to be released in early December before the additional sentence.
He also was ordered to reimburse the county for the inmate’s medical expenses as a result of the fight.