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Jillian Nielsen, Minot, charged with child neglect

Jillian Hilda Nielsen, 25, Minot, is accused of exposing her 3-month-old son to drugs and an unsafe living environment on Monday.

Nielsen is charged with Class C felony child neglect and a second offense of possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia, also a Class C felony, in district court in Minot.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, Ward County Social Services called police for assistance in removing the baby from Nielsen’s custody.

Nielsen’s residence was described as cluttered. She also had suspected meth in a zip lock bag on top of a dresser. Police also found used syringes, a green scale with suspected heroin residue and another scale with suspected meth residue and a pipe with suspected burnt marijuana residue. Nielsen admitted to using meth over the weekend and but said the paraphernalia belonged to people she had let stay over at the residence. She told police that the baby slept with her on her bed/futon. Nielsen also had a dog and puppies in a playpen in the kitchen.

Nielsen already had a warrant for failure to obtain a chemical dependency evaluation.

Social Services took custody of the baby. Nielsen’s mother took the adult dog and Animal Control was called to take the puppies.

Nielsen made an initial appearance in district court in Minot on Tuesday before Judge Gary Lee.

Lee ordered that any visits Nielsen has with her son be supervised by Social Services.

Lee also ordered that Nielsen can be released on her own recognizance if she submits proof that she has been admitted to an in patient treatment facility.

Nielsen had told Lee that she wants to go to treatment and to get her son back.

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