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Woman pleads guilty to child endangerment for leaving baby in car while she gambled

A Cloquet woman pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and "contributes to need for child protection or services" on Jan. 9 in Carlton County Court.

A Cloquet woman pleaded guilty to felony drug possession and "contributes to need for child protection or services" on Jan. 9 in Carlton County Court.

Jordanne Teryce Setterquist, 26, of Cloquet, was arrested and charged on June 16, 2012, after Fond du Lac police officers were dispatched to the Black Bear Casino Resort parking lot regarding a report of a young infant who was left in an unattended vehicle in the casino parking lot for approximately 45 minutes.

According to the criminal complaint:

Two Fond du Lac officers and State Trooper Dave Vereecken arrived and found a young infant in a car seat in the back of the vehicle. They were advised by casino security officers that the child had been left unattended in the vehicle for the previous 45 minutes.

A search of the plate revealed the owner of the car; subsequently officers learned the owner's daughter, Jordanne Setterquist, was mother to an infant. When one of the officers went to the casino, he learned Setterquist had a Black Bear Casino Resort players card which was presently in use at a particular machine.

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While the officer was locating Setterquist inside, another officer found a purse in the vehicle and looked inside to try to find information that would identify the driver. He found a baggie of marijuana and a one-hitter pipe, along with two different types of pills - later identified as lortab and a morphine sulfate pill - in an unmarked prescription bottle.

When officers confronted Setterquist, she confirmed it was her baby in the car and acknowledged that she did not have a prescription for the pills. She was subsequently booked at the Carlton County jail.

In court earlier this month, Setterquist pleaded guilty to one count of fifth-degree drug possession and contributing to need for child protection, while three other charges were dropped: a second drug possession charge, possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 4.

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