By Art Holliday
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - A St. Charles day care operator is accused of selling marijuana and smoking methamphetamine in the same house where she cared for her two children and the children of other local families.
Brooke Mitchell, 29, of the 1200 block of Parody Lane in St. Charles was released from jail Monday on $25,000 bail. Mitchell was charged Sept. 4 with intent to distribute a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
On July 20, a St. Charles County sheriff's deputy responded to a disturbance at Mitchell's home. Mitchell gave the deputy permission to search the home and he discovered meth.
"In the course of that search," said St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, "found the methamphetamine as well as the paraphernalia and it was obvious the methamphetamine had just been smoked."
Authorities delayed filing charges because Mitchell said she'd assist detectives in a narcotics investigation. When she didn't cooperate, Lohmar says the sheriff's department went back to the house on Sept. 3. Five pre-school aged children were escorted outside before deputies found more illegal drugs, according to Lohmar.
"They found several individually wrapped baggies of marijuana which apparently were intended for distribution purposes," he said.
The prosecuting attorney says the Victims Advocate Unit has been in touch with two of the parents whose children attended Mitchell's daycare.
"These parents have every right to be outraged," said Lohmar. "You'd certainly never expect that somebody that you're going to entrust your kids every day while you're at work is going to be doing these sorts of things while you're not there. This is a very disturbing situation and I feel very sorry for these parents."
Meanwhile, authorities are searching for a man named Joshua Pilger of O'Fallon, who has an outstanding warrant for parole violation. When Brooke Mitchell told deputies the marijuana in her home belonged to Pilger, he escaped from a second story window Sept. 3 and has been on the run since.