Parents arrested for child endangerment

Tosha Scott

Tosha Scott pleaded guilty under an Alford plea to felony child endangerment Wednesday morning in Teton County District Court.

The 34-year-old mom was arrested in December after she gave birth at St. John’s Medical Center. Scott and her newborn tested positive for methamphetamine, police said. An Alford plea is a guilty plea in which the defendant does not admit to the crime.

Under the plea agreement, prosecutors will dismiss two other counts of child endangerment. Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Clark Allan said he also plans to dismiss the charges against the child’s father, Aube Ringer.

After Scott’s urine tested positive for methamphetamine and amphetamines, police served a search warrant at the couple’s Jackson house. Police said there was not a meth lab, but they found glass pipes, meth residue and torches.

“The baby was brought into a residence where there was methamphetamine,” Allan said.

The court ordered a presentence investigation, and Scott will be sentenced at a later date.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066, or @JHNGcourts.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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