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Nicole Lampkins, Minot, charged with child neglect again

Nicole Diane Lampkins, 23, Minot, is accused of failing to properly supervise her children on Friday.

Lampkins is charged in district court in Minot with two counts of Class C felony child neglect.

A public defender told Judge Doug Mattson in court on Monday that Lampkins’ 5-year-old son managed to sneak out of the house by crawling through a window. Ward County Assistant State’s Attorney Christopher Nelson told Mattson that police have been called on two or three occasions over the last month after Lampkins’ child was found wandering unattended. Nelson also told the judge that there was some concern that Lampkins had been under the influence of marijuana.

The children were taken into custody by Ward County Social Services. The public defender said a shelter care hearing was held Monday and was continued to give Lampkins time to get counsel, but a social worker told the judge that Lampkins would be permitted supervised visitation with the children.

The public defender said Lampkins had changed the locks on the door and will follow other recommendations by Social Services to get her children back.

Lampkins had been charged with child neglect last year after she left her children, then ages 4 and 10 months, home alone at a residence on the Minot Air Force Base in January 2019. Lampkins entered into a pre-trial diversion agreement with the state and the child neglect charges were dismissed in June after she complied with all of the conditions of the agreement.

Mattson scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for Nov. 24.

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