ST. JOSEPH, Mo.– Two St. Joseph residents have been sentenced to five years each in prison after pleading guilty to child abuse charges after their child tested positive for methamphetamine.
Court records show the child was transported to the hospital after her mother, Jean Louise Mangus, 29, and father, Scottie Briner, 29, said the child was “acting funny” and had possibly ingested something while playing outside. The child tested positive for methamphetamine and Oxycodone at Children’s Mercy.
A probable cause statement says this is the second time the child has ingested chemicals causing her to go to the hospital while in the care of Briner and Mangus.
The statement says Children’s Division removed the child from the home due to unfit living conditions for anyone due to filth and bug infestation.
The couple pleaded guilty to their charges and are sentenced to five years each in the Missouri Department of Corrections.