Hartley Couple Accused of Using Marijuana in the Presence of a Child

A Hartley couple have been arrested on neglect and child endangerment charges after a hair sample from a child in the home indicated marijuana use.

A criminal complaint filed by Hartley police accuses 26-year-old Johnathan Peters and 25-year-old Victoria Barnes of using marijuana in the presence of a child. They were arrested on Monday. The complaint states that the child tested positive for THC. The complaint goes on to say that both Peters and Barnes have admitted to using marijuana daily, but not in the presence of the child.

Both were charged with neglect or abandonment of a dependent person, a class C felony. If convicted, they could face up to ten years in prison, each. They also both face a misdemeanor charge of child endangerment. They face a preliminary hearing on the charges on January 8, 2024.

Peters and Barnes were each booked into the O’Brien County Jail in Primghar on ten-thousand dollar bonds.

(thanks to Community First Broadcasting station KIWA in Sheldon)

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