MIAMI COUNTY — Elaine V. Werling, 40, of Piqua was sentenced to 14 days in jail and two years of high-risk probation after she plead no contest to first-degree misdemeanor child endangering.
Werling was involved in a missing child incident on July 3, after a 4-year-old girl was reported missing from 120 Sherman St. at 4:48 a.m. According to Piqua police reports, the child was last seen on a couch at the residence, but was found missing, along with her car seat, when the mother woke up.
The child was recovered on the 1000 block of High Street at 7:27 a.m. that day. The case then became a “drug endangered child” investigation. According to Miami County Municipal Court Records, the person who was with child claimed to have obtained permission from Werling, the child’s grandmother, prior to taking the girl.
When questioned, Werling stated that she did not remember giving the person permission possibly due to drug use. Werling reportedly admitted to using illegal drugs the day prior to the incident.
Werling spent one night at the Miami County Jail after the incident. During that time, the jail notified the Piqua Police Department that they had found a heroin cap in Werling’s sock. The cap was sent to the Miami Valley Crime Lab for analysis, and Werling was later charged with fifth-degree felony possession of drugs on July 27.
A preliminary hearing for Werling was rescheduled to Sept. 9 for the possession of drugs charge.
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