A daycare worker built an elaborate “drug den” inside a YMCA laundry room cabinet where she hid to smoke meth while on the job working with infants, court documents allege.
The alleged actions by the worker, Autumn Sienna Heinz, led to positive tests for meth contamination in every room of the facility in Missoula, Montana, “specifically including the infant room,” according to a criminal complaint in the case obtained by PEOPLE.
Heinz, 30, is being held in the Missoula County jail on felony charges of criminal endangerment of a child, criminal mischief and criminal possession of dangerous drugs, with $30,000 bond on each count, jail records show.
It was not immediately clear if she has entered a plea or retained an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
The Missoula Family YMCA Learning Center briefly shut down to clean up the contamination, at a cost estimated to exceed $80,000.
“We want to assure the community that the safety of our children, staff and guests is our top priority and we are doing everything in our power to remedy this situation immediately,” the center’s interim director and executive vice president, Heather Foster, said in a statement, local TV station KPAX reports.
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Police say Heinz’s co-worker alerted the YMCA Learning Center’s director April 10 that she’d discovered Heinz allegedly “hiding in or beneath a cabinet in a strangely constructed hiding spot that can be described as a ‘drug den,’” along with a possible “drug kit” consisting of a glass pipe and “some sparkly lighters,” according to the criminal complaint.
An officer who responded to a call from the center’s director was taken to the laundry room in the center of the facility and “shown the double cabinet that was located under a shelf,” the complaint says. Cloth was stapled around the cabinet doors from the inside that “appeared to be intended to block the odor of smoked drugs from escaping the cabinet.”
The glass pipe found in a hard case inside the cabinet, along with a plastic tube “full of white crystals,” later tested positive for meth, police say.
Heinz, who cared for infants ranging in age from six weeks to 18 months, told police she began working full-time about three years ago at the Learning Center, where 72 children have …
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