Mandan police have arrested five people on child endangerment and child neglect charges, two of whom are further accused of possessing drugs and running a marijuana- and mushroom-growing operation within reach of small children.
Officers on Tuesday made a welfare check when they were alerted that children from a Mandan residence were not in school, according to a police affidavit. Police say they found 12 single-potted marijuana plants, five juvenile marijuana plants in a troughlike system, processed marijuana ready for sale, jars used for growing hallucinogenic mushrooms, and drug paraphernalia.
There were five children under the age of 7 in the home -- which authorities described as filthy -- and police say four more children ages 7 to 13 lived in the home but were in school.
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The five adults made their initial court appearances on Wednesday. They'll enter pleas later. The children in the home were in the care of Ronald Kidder, 48, of Fort Yates, Lillian Kidder, 51, of Mandan, and Raymond Young, 51, of Bismarck. All three are charged with endangerment of a child and child neglect, as they allegedly knew of the conditions in the home and did not properly care for the children.
Two other residents of the home, James Unno, 37, and Samantha Unno, 31, of Mandan, face the same accusations and also are charged with two counts of manufacturing a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
Attorneys were not listed for any of the suspects in court documents. Most of the charges against them are felonies.