WASHINGTON TERRACE — A woman allegedly responsible for her 8-year-old granddaughter taking a meth pipe to school was booked into jail Monday, Nov. 30.
Linda Wiese, 59, was charged with three third-degree felony counts of endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
On Oct. 21, a meth pipe inside a Ziplock bag with a book reader was discovered in the 8-year-old’s backpack by her third-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, police said. The Weber County Sheriff’s Office was notified and served a search warrant on the family’s home accompanied by the Division of Child and Family Services.
Drugs and drug paraphernalia were found near children’s toys and books, Sheriff’s Lt. Lane Findlay said.
“The deputy told me, there was a kid’s pillow there and he lifted it up, and there’s an item of paraphernalia right under the pillow,” Findlay said.
The parents, Bryce Floyd Tyler, 46, and Joanne Wiese Tyler, 39, were booked into Weber County Jail, each on three third-degree felony counts of child endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a class B misdemeanor.
Wiese admitted to using drugs near the children and said she “may have accidentally dropped the meth pipe in the child’s book bag,” according to a statement by the sheriff’s office. She was not initially arrested and charged due to health issues.
Child and Family Services took the three children — the 8-year-old girl, a 2-year-old boy and a 20-month-old boy — into protective custody.
Both parents appeared in preliminary court hearings where a district judge ruled there was probable cause to bind them to trial. Both defendants entered not guilty pleas.