Washington Half-Siblings Danielle Lacey & Brandon Leslie Charged with Incest, Endangerment for Exposing 1-Year-Old to Meth
A Washington couple who are also half-siblings have been arrested and charged with incest and child endangerment for allegedly smoking methamphetamine in their car and exposing a 1-year-old child to second-hand meth smoke.
According to Lake Stevens police, witness Daniel Price spotted 22-year-old Danielle Lacey and 35-year-old Brandon Leslie sitting in a car smoking meth on Friday evening. The witness was concerned because the windows were rolled up and there was a baby in the back seat.
“They said they were out of gas and asked if they could borrow $10,” Price told Fox 13. “I knew something was going on so I went inside and they told me they were smoking meth with the baby in the car. Everyone had a discussion and it was time to call the police.”
When officers arrived, Lacey was holding the baby in the front seat. The child was wearing a top and a diaper, but no pants or socks. It had no blanket to keep it warm and the heater wasn’t running because the car was out of gas. Police said Lacey appeared to be high.
When interviewed by detectives, Lacey admitted that she smoked meth in her car in the presence of her three young children. In addition to the 1-year-old, she is the mother of a 5- and 6-year old who live with their grandparents.
Lacey and Leslie were arrested and booked into the Snohomish County Jail on $150,000 bond. They have been charged with endangerment with a controlled substance, criminal mistreatment and incest. The couple share the same mother.
The baby was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Both Lacey and Leslie have prior criminal records. Lacey was charged with assault in 2010, while Leslie has served prison time for various offenses, including car theft and drug possession.
The case is reminiscent of that of Lee and Angela Haas, a Montana couple arrested in 2011 for allegedly allowing their 1-year-old baby to drink meth-laced orange juice.
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