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Atwater woman faces felony charges for giving meth, pot to teens

Lynae Whitmore

WILLMAR -- A 35-year-old Atwater woman made her first court appearance Tuesday on two felony drug charges for allegedly giving marijuana and methamphetamine to two teenagers and using the drugs with the teens at her home.

Lynae Marie Whitmore also faces a gross misdemeanor charge of child endangerment in Kandiyohi County District Court. Unconditional bail was set at $30,000 with conditional release on her personal recognizance. Her next appearance is Dec. 6.

According to the complaint, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office began investigating after receiving family services reports regarding maltreatment of children. The children told investigators that they are not living at Whitmore's residence any more.

A 6-year-old told investigators that Whitmore, a man and a 14-year-old had smoked "weed" in front of her with a pipe and that she had observed the 14-year-old sniffing "white stuff that kills you" at Whitmore's home. The child said she had found the same kind of white stuff in a bag in the home and had thrown it away. She said she didn't tell anyone about throwing it away because she didn't want to get into trouble.

The 14-year-old told investigators that she and Whitmore had smoked marijuana together, both before and after school, on a daily basis beginning in December or January. She also said that Whitmore crushed meth on a mirror and formed lines for the teen to snort.

A 15-year-old said she also smoked marijuana with Whitmore and the 14-year-old. She had observed Whitmore and the 14-year-old snorting cocaine, but said she refused the drug when it was offered to her. She said she saw meth in a safe under a bed and that the 6-year-old was present in the same room while cocaine and marijuana were being used.

Whitmore was interviewed and initially denied any recent use of meth, but later admitted to using meth at the residence. She allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana in a bedroom with the door locked. She denied that the children had ever witnessed her using marijuana.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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