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All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

A 35-year-old Riverton woman, Sheila Haukaas, is facing one count of endangering children, one count of use of methamphetamine, and one count of possession of methamphetamine.

On June 11th, a Riverton Police Department officer was asked to respond to a residence for a welfare check on children inside of the household.

Upon investigation, the RPD officer made contact with Haukaas and noted in court documents, that he believed her to be under the influence of methamphetamine. An 8-year-old child was also present in the household.

Haukaas agreed to let RPD search the household. An officer located methamphetamine and associated paraphernalia in a bedroom. Additional drug paraphernalia was located in a hallway closet and a different bedroom.

A bag in a closet contained syringes, one of which was filled with a clear liquid. When an officer asked Haukaas what the substance in the syringe was, she replied, “you already know.” Court documents show that she told officers that she had last injected methamphetamine two days before their arrival.

On June 20th Haukaas waived her preliminary hearing. The matter will be transferred to District Court at a later date for further proceedings and arraignment.

Haukaas is being charged with:

  • One count of endangering children – punishable by up to 5 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000
  • One count of use of methamphetamine – punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a fine of up to $750
  • One count of possession of methamphetamine – punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000