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Woman appears on year-old child endangerment charge, child already back in her custody

Woman appears on year-old child endangerment charge, child already back in her custody

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A woman accused of being high on meth in a hotel room with her 7-month-old baby more than a year ago said in court Monday that she was unaware of any criminal charges and believed it was settled more than a year ago.

Jasia Anjileta Big Head, 22, told Yellowstone County Justice of the Peace David Carter on Monday that she believed the incident, which happen in September 2014, had been taken care of. She told the court her children had already been returned to her. 

Big Head appeared on felony charges of endangering the welfare of children and criminal possession of dangerous drugs. She was also charged with misdemeanor criminal possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Big Head was released and ordered to submit to drug monitoring.

She told Carter her children were taken from her in 2014, but she had completed all the steps she needed and had regained custody. She said she'd stayed with her mother since then. 

Carter said he would allow her to maintain contact with her children in the presence of Big Head's mother. 

According to court documents, Big Head and a man named Hunter Birdchief, were taken to the hospital at about 5 a.m., Sept. 24, 2014. Birdchief had told the clerk at a hotel where they were staying that bugs had attacked everyone in the room they were staying in. 

Billing police arrived and found Birdchief in the lobby, sweating profusely and speaking rapidly, holding a 7-month-old. Big Head also came into the lobby and told officers the man, the baby and she had all been home before bugs started coming out of her skin. 

All three were taken to Billings Clinic. 

Methamphetamine was found in the hotel room where the the three were staying. 

The baby girl was taken into the custody of Child and Family Services after being medically cleared, and she was later returned to Big Head. 

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