Sarah Engelstad receives no jail time, deferred sentence for five years, for interfering with child’s 911 call

Sarah Beth Engelstad, 36, received a deferred imposition of sentence for five years of supervised probation and no jail time on Wednesday for interfering when a boy made a 911 call in Minot on Oct. 9, 2019.

Engelstad pleaded guilty to the Class C felony before Judge Todd Cresap, who also ordered her to pay $1,100 in court costs.

The deferred sentence means that the charge will be dismissed at the end of the five years if she successfully completes probation.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court, the boy called 911 because he believed Engelstad might harm a younger child or herself. He told the dispatcher that Engelstad had gone into the bathroom with the younger child and a butcher knife. Engelstad came out of the bathroom while he was on the cell phone, took the phone away from the boy and disconnected the call. She later told police that she did this because “We did not need you guys here.” She denied that she ever had a butcher knife in the bathroom and said she was just going to take a bath. Engelstad was drunk and had a .137 BAC reading when she was given a preliminary breath test.

Social Services was contacted after the incident and planned to remove the children from Engelstad’s home. Social Services has had prior involvement with Engelstad, according to the affidavit.

Engelstad said she did not want to say anything else when she entered her guilty plea before Cresap.

Court records now list a Sterling, Idaho, address for Engelstad.


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