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Charging papers: 3-year-old spent two days detoxing in hospital, same drugs found in mom’s system

A University Place toddler spent two days in a hospital detoxing from methamphetamine and amphetamine, according to Pierce County prosecutors who have charged the girl’s mother.

Shannon Womack, 35, is to be arraigned Sept. 25 on charges of second-degree criminal mistreatment and endangerment with a controlled substance.

Charging papers give this account:

The girl’s school called Womack on March 26 to tell her the 3-year-old, who since has turned 4, was hyper and out of control. When Womack arrived at the school, her child was in an ambulance and did not recognize her.

Womack wanted to take her daughter home, but the school persuaded her to let the toddler go to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital, where she spent two days detoxing.

Womack told University Place police that she used to use meth but had not done so recently. She said she didn’t know how the toddler could have gotten drugs in her system.

A test showed that four days after the incident, Womack had meth, amphetamine and other controlled substances in her system.

Her daughter has been placed in protective custody.

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