A Leavenworth woman who left her baby alone in an alley has pleaded no contest to endangering a child and drug charges, a prosecution official said.
Elizabeth A. Michaud, 28, entered pleas Wednesday in three cases. She pleaded to aggravated endangering a child, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and possession of methamphetamine.
Assistant County Attorney Cheryl Marquardt said a fourth case was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Michaud was charged with aggravated endangering a child after her infant son had been left alone in a stroller May 3, 2012.
Police initially had received a report of a missing child. When officers responded, they found Michaud walking around in a front yard on Sixth Avenue. She reportedly was crying, “My baby, my baby. I need to find my baby," according to County Attorney Todd Thompson.
Michaud told police she last remembered her son being in a blue and white baby stroller. Police checked Michaud’s residence and the baby was not inside.
A neighbor told officers he had spoken with Michaud about 35 minutes prior to their arrival. Michaud had requested the neighbor’s assistance in getting back into her home after locking her keys in the house. The neighbor stated the baby was with Michaud at that time. He assisted her in getting into her home, according to Thompson.
About 35 minutes later, Michaud came back to his residence requesting help to get back into her home because she had locked the keys in the house again. She did not have the baby with her at that time, according to Thompson.
Officers began a search for the missing 7-week-old boy. Michaud was taken to the Leavenworth police station to be questioned about the child's location. She reportedly continued to repeat over and over, “My baby, my baby. I need to find my baby.”
She was unable to provide information regarding where officers could search for the baby. The infant was found in the stroller about three hours later by a woman who was returning home in the 1400 block of Ninth Avenue, according to Thompson.
Michaud was arrested for unlawful possession of a controlled substance April 1 in Leavenworth by members of the Sheriff's Office.
And drugs reportedly were found in Michaud's possession when she was arrested April 9 after she had failed to appear a day earlier for a jury trial in her child endangerment case, according to Thompson.
Michaud's sentencing is scheduled for May 31. Marquardt said the prosecution intends to recommend a prison sentence. The defense has indicated it plans to request that Michaud be placed on probation and undergo treatment.