After more than a year after a child called 911 from the home of 43-year-old Stefanie Klein of Henryville, Ind., police there arrested the mother on March 21 and charged her with neglect, according to a police report stating that the mother tried to get one of her young children to smoke synthetic marijuana with her.
WLKY reported on March 22, that when police first went to the home on Dec. 17, 2012, they found the residence in “deplorable conditions,” infested with mice, cockroaches and dog feces.
When her 11- and 12-year-old children were interviewed, one of the children admitted his mother had encouraged him to smoke marijuana.
According to court documents shared by WDRB, police responded to a domestic incident at Klein’s home on Dec. 17, 2012, after her young daughter locked herself in the bathroom and claimed that her mother tried to punch her in the face.
Klein’s daughter gave the officers some pills that she said her mother had given her to hide in her room.
Klein’s young son told police that earlier that day, his mother locked him in a bedroom and tried to get him to smoke synthetic marijuana with her.
He said he told her several times that he didn't want to, but she continued to urge him to do so, telling him that "You should try it. It could be something we do together when you get older."
Klein’s arrest report stated that both of the kids interviewed said that they didn’t want to live in their home any longer, “adding that Klein was a drug user and that there were cockroaches in the house, as well as dog feces.”
One of the children allegedly told authorities that there had been bugs in her sandwiches in the past.
After interviewing the children, the cops found their mother hiding under the basement stairs, where “according to the report, and she was allegedly under the influence of synthetic marijuana.”
Klein denied to police that she ever encouraged her son to smoke the synthetic marijuana. Police allowed the mother to call the children’s dad so that they could stay with him at his home.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office filed their police report which was turned over to the Prosecutor's Office.
On March 19, almost 16 months after the incident, Klein was arrested and charged with neglect of a dependent.
Both of Klein’s children are currently in the care of their grandmother.
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