Mac mom sentenced for drugs, child endangerment
Hope Ashley Clark, 25, pleaded guilty to one count each of possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, a Class C felony, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a Class A misdemeanor. In exchange, one count each of second-degree child neglect, frequenting a place where a controlled substance is used and possession of a controlled substance/heroin were dismissed.
Clark’s court-appointed attorney, Alexis Bishop of McMinnville, negotiated the plea agreement with the district attorney’s office.
McMinnville police gave this account:
Officers responding to the residence on a weekday afternoon learned the toddler had been unattended outside for about one hour. When they awoke Clark inside, and asked her where her son was, she told them she didn’t know.
Tenants told police this was not an isolated incident. They said the child had been left outside unattended on multiple occasions.
A search of the apartment turned up marijuana, methamphetmine and what appeared to be heroin, along with various drug paraphernalia. The drugs were within easy reach of the toddler, who was placed in the custody of a relative by the state Department of Human Services.