Samantha Bailey

By Laura Bacon/NT Staff Writer

AUDUBON — Samantha Bailey, of Gray, charged with child endangerment and neglect after her two grandchildren ingested methamphetamine they found in her purse while she was supposed to be watching them, will be going to jail.

Bailey pled guilty to three felonies earlier this year, and was sentenced to 20 years but then appealed.

Audubon County Attorney Sarah Jennings said Bailey’s appeal was officially denied on Tuesday afternoon, by the state’s highest court, and the state will now be filing a motion for a hearing, so that Bailey will appear to be taken into custody to begin serving her 20 year sentence.

Bailey had been charged with two counts of child endangerment — serious injury and two counts of neglect or abandonment of a dependant person, all Class C felonies with sentences up to 10 years each, and pled guilty to two counts of child endangerment and one of neglect or abandonment of a dependant person.

She could have faced up to 30 years, but was sentenced to two consecutive 10 year sentences.