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Mother of baby missing in June back in court on drug charges

Mother of baby missing in June back in court on drug charges

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The Bismarck woman whose infant daughter was the subject of an extensive search in late June was in court Monday on unrelated misdemeanor drug charges.

Dawn Morsette, 27, pleaded guilty to ingesting a controlled substance, according to court documents. South Central District Judge Douglas Bahr put her on probation and deferred the imposition of a sentence for one year. He also ordered her to get treatment.

Police arrested her Friday night after receiving calls from two people that she was trespassing. She told officers she had used methamphetamine in the past two days, a police affidavit said. She was jerking involuntarily and talking to herself, the affidavit said.

Morsette’s daughter, 7-month-old LeahMae Dawn, was dropped off anonymously at Sanford Health's emergency room on June 25, shortly after authorities issued an Amber Alert when nearly a day of searching for the baby did not turn up any clues. Morsette was charged with child neglect after she accompanied police on an unsuccessful three-hour search on June 24. That case is still open. She has a previous child neglect conviction in 2015.

Reach Travis Svihovec at 701-250-8260 or Travis.Svihovec@bismarcktribune.com

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