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Woman faces charges of child endangerment

May 20, 2014 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

An Ethete woman was arrested for child endangerment Saturday evening after reportedly asking a Riverton resident for a bottle for her child.

The resident called police at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday from the 100 block of Shoshone Drive to say an intoxicated woman was outside asking for a bottle for a baby.

"The reporting party stated the female that came over was very intoxicated and barely able to speak," Riverton Police Department Capt. Eric Murphy said. "(The neighbor) was concerned for the woman's children."

When they arrived on scene, police made contact with Velinda Brown, 40, who reportedly was the only adult in a residence with two children ages 1 and 4.

"The female had watery, bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol," Murphy said. "She also appeared to be under the influence of drugs or medication, due to the fact she was shaking and her eyes were dilated. She was having trouble sitting still and had slurred speech."

Brown reportedly had a blood-alcohol content of .24. Officers said they found an empty bottle of liquor in her bathroom along with an open bottle of hydroxyzine, or anxiety medication. Murphy said the children were able to access the pills. The children were removed from the home by the Tribal Department of Family Services, and Brown was taken to jail.