GREAT FALLS — A woman has been charged in Great Falls with felony criminal child endangerment.
Police officers responded to the Benefis Health System Pediatrics Ward on March 25 for a report that the child welfare workers with the Department of Family Services were with a 14-month old child who had been diagnosed with "inorganic failure to thrive."
The child weighed approximately 18 pounds. Court documents state that in the one day the child had been in Benefis' care, he gained .62 pounds, indicating that he is lacking proper nutrition.
According to court documents, officers searched Adrianna Josephine Medicinehorse’s residence and discovered there was not a sufficient amount of food in the fridge/freezer, or in any cabinets; to be able to feed Adrianna, the toddler, or her 4-year old child. The sinks were also clogged and full of water.
Medicinehorse advised the sinks had been this way for approximately one week and she had taken no steps to contact her landlord to get them fixed. The toilet had feces in it and there was also what appeared to be feces in a bed in the living room. Medicinehorse did not have any pets that could have left the feces in the bed.
Medicinehorse said that she had a mental breakdown in December that caused her to neglect care for the child, and that she had failed to provide the child with his last two appointments for vaccines. Medicinehorse also said that the child had a prior incident where he had what she believed was a seizure.
DFS workers said that they had received three prior reports regarding Adriana's ability to care for her children. When DFS tried to investigate those reports, Adriana was uncooperative and "actively avoided" speaking to DFS.
Medicinehorse initially advised that she feeds JM proportionate meals 6-7 times a day, but later admitted that she feeds him less than this and exaggerated how much she feeds him. Adrianna eventually advised that she no longer wished to speak to officers and asked for an attorney.
Medicinehorse has been charged with criminal child endangerment (felony) and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.