A Harker Heights woman was sentenced on Tuesday to probation and substance abuse treatment after police said they found her toddler living among drugs, needles and knives last year.
Cheyanne Christine Menendez, 22, “received 5 years (of) deferred adjudication probation, with successful completion of SAFP,” said Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza on Tuesday. The Substance Abuse Felony Punishment Facility, or SAFP, is part of the state’s substance abuse treatment program.
The case was set to be heard in the 27th Judicial District Court of Judge John Gauntt.
Menendez was listed in the Bell County Jail on Tuesday with no bond listed for the second-degree felony charge of abandoning or endangering a child with imminent danger of death or bodily injury, according to jail records.
She was arrested on Dec. 19, 2018, after police conducted a welfare check at her residence in the 1300 block of Bonnie Drive in Killeen and found a 1-year-old child “in close proximity to controlled substances and knives,” according to the arrest affidavit.
Marijuana, digital scales, multiple used hypodermic needles and several knives were found to be in reach of the child, police said. One of the officers “observed the child walk into the room carrying a rusted pair of pliers.”
Police said Menendez admitted to using marijuana while caring for her son. A test administered by Child Protective Services showed positive results for amphetamines, methamphetamines and opiates, according to the affidavit. The boy’s hair follicles tested positive for the same substances and marijuana.