CLINTON— A Clinton County judge has issued bench warrants against two individuals charged with three counts of child endangerment.
Clinton County District Associate Judge Phillip Tabor issued an order for a warrant to arrest Michael D. McNitt, 26, 143 Sixth Ave. South, No. 210. The order states McNitt failed to appear for a pre-trial conference before the court. McNitt is charged with three counts of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor. A pretrial conference is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 11.
Tabor on Oct. 3 issued a public bench warrant for Destinee A. Miracle, 25, 143 Sixth Ave. South, No. 210, for failure to appear. Miracle is charged with three counts of child endangerment, an aggravated misdemeanor. A pretrial conference is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 18.
According to the affidavit, at 2:25 p.m. Sept. 2, officers were dispatched to the Lafayette Apartments by two Lutheran Social Services social workers regarding a welfare check of three children ages 5, 3 and 1. Lutheran Social Services workers, upon arrival, said they were on a home visit to check on the three children. Social workers found three adults passed out inside the apartment, court records state. Lutheran Social Services workers were unable to awaken three adults, who appeared to be under the influence of drugs. The three young children were unsupervised and running around the apartment, which was in squalor, according to court records.
The affidavit states officers knocked but got no response. The officer could hear children running, yelling and screaming inside but no adult would answer the door. The officer opened the unlocked door to check the welfare of the children. The officer found McNitt, Miracle and a third individual all in a comatose state. The third individual was passed out and slumped over. The officer could tell he was breathing. McNitt and Miracle were semiconscious but not able to supervise or care for their children at that time. The air inside the apartment had an odor consistent with synthetic cannabinoids. The officer saw the third individual, who was still passed out, holding a glass smoking device with burnt residue. The officer had multiple past contacts with the individual. The officer was aware he abused K2 and other similar synthetic cannabinoids. It took several minutes for McNitt and Miracle to come to before they were completely aware of their surroundings. The officer awakened the third person and secured the synthetic cannabinoid smoking device.
The affidavit continues an officer saw a metal one-hitter pipe on the floor in plain view, directly below McNitt. The officer asked McNitt who the pipe belonged to and he admitted the pipe belonged to him. McNitt said he had smoked K2 a while ago but was still somewhat confused and did not know what time it was. McNitt was later walking around the apartment gathering items for his children so Lutheran Social Services could take custody of them. McNitt grabbed another one-hitter drug pipe off a table and put it in his pocket. The officer secured both drug pipes.
The affidavit states the children were of ages they could not care for themselves. They were in various states of dress and had allegedly been exposed to the synthetic cannabinoid smoke inside the small living room where all three adults and the three children were present. There were allegedly multiple hazards inside the apartment, including broken plastic CD cases with sharp edges and multiple choking hazards, broken DVD players with electric shock hazards, an electric fan that was plugged in and had no safety guard on it, drug pipes laying around the house and many other hazards.
The affidavit states the children were taken from the scene and the Iowa Department of Human Services was notified. Miracle physically attacked McNitt after the children were removed by punching and slapping McNitt in the head and upper body while yelling “I hate you.” Miracle was secured in handcuffs.