Babysitter charged with losing child while drunk, high

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KSDK) – A 46-year-old East St. Louis woman has been charged with three counts of child endangerment after losing a 3-year-old girl she was supposed to be babysitting while she allegedly drank alcohol and smoked crack, marijuana and cocaine.

A mother reported her three-year-old child missing early Tuesday morning. The child was supposed to be in the care of Markee Garner.

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At some point during the night, Garner allegedly lost the child, who ended up in the care of another individual. Upon seeing media reports about the girl's disappearance, the individual took the child to the East St. Louis Foot Locker, where she was reunited with her mother.

Garner's male companion, identified as 50-year-old Everette E. Cole, has been charged with three counts of endangering the life/health of a child and obstructing identification. Police say he knowingly gave a false name to an East St. Louis detective.

Garner is currently in custody at the East St. Louis city jail on a $25,000 bond. Cole is also in the East St. Louis Jail and being held on a $20,000 bond.

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