Local resident will serve four years probation after a 5-year-old consumed meth under his care

Casper, WY – According to te court documents, his name is Rowdy Patterson, of Casper, and he was sentenced on four counts of child endangerment with methamphetamine. A fifth charge, child abuse, was dropped as part of an earlier plea agreement.

Assistant Natrona County District Attorney, Mike Schafer, said:

“Prosecuting the case was a low point. The saddest thing I saw was a 5-year-old tweaking in a hospital bed.”

The District Attorney asked for a 4- to 5-year prison sentence, but the Natrona County District Court Judge Daniel Forgey sentenced Patterson to four years of probation with a suspended 53- to 60-month prison sentence.

The child’s mother returned from work at roughly 9:30 p.m. March 28 to find one of the children, a 5-year-old, acting strange. The child’s pupils were reportedly dilated and he didn’t seem to have control.

As soon as she learned the 5-year-old tested positive for methamphetamine, she had a family member get the other three children from the household.

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