BRIGHAM CITY, Utah, Feb. 9, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A Brigham City woman was arrested Wednesday on two counts of child endangerment after police say she allowed her children to be exposed to methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
A news release from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office said a sergeant saw a woman in a car at the Dug Out convenience store, 866 S. Main St., Spanish Fork, at about 8:20 a.m. Wednesday. The car was in bad condition and had California registration that had been expired for nearly two years, the news release said.
The officer left the parking lot, then returned about 15 minutes later and the woman, later identified as Danielle Della Simpson, 27, from Brigham City, was still sitting in her car.
He stopped to talk to her to see if she needed help, and found there were two small girls, ages 4 and 5, asleep in the car.
Simpson told the sergeant that she was waiting for a friend. She further told the officer she thought she was in either Draper or Cedar City. Simpson was also exhibiting behaviors that are consistent with drug use, the officer said.
After administering field sobriety tests to Simpson, the sergeant arrested her for DUI. During a search of the car the officer found several grams of methamphetamine along with several items of drug paraphernalia, including used syringes. The drugs and paraphernalia were easily accessible to Simpson’s daughters, the news release said.
The sergeant contacted the Division of Child and Family Services who took custody of the girls until Simpson’s parents were able to come from Brigham City to take them.
Simpson also had two arrest warrants for retail theft. One of them was a third-degree felony charge out of 1st District Court in Box Elder County with bail of $5,000. The other was for class B misdemeanor retail theft out of Sevier County Justice Court with a cashs-only bail amount of $680.
Simpson was booked into jail on two second-degree felony charges of child endangerment, as well as DUI, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. Simpson’s bail has been set at $1,000 cash-only.