By Shereen Siewert
A Mosinee woman discovered passed out at a Wausau Kwik Trip while allegedly under the influence of drugs left her 2-week-old baby unsupervised at home, according to court documents.
Jessica Messman, 35, faces charges of fourth-offense operating while intoxicated, three counts of child abandonment and an array of related charges. Messman was arrested in March, but the charges were filed June 23 in Marathon County Circuit Court.
Police were called just before 10:30 p.m. March 23 to 1415 West St. for a report of a vehicle that struck a pole in the parking lot with a driver asleep inside the vehicle. When officers arrived they found Messman slumped over behind the wheel with the engine running and the transmission in drive, according to the police report.
A preliminary breath test showed Messman did not have any alcohol in her system, but after performing field sobriety tests she was taken to a local hospital for a chemical test of her blood. Police allegedly discovered schedule IV drugs in Messman’s purse and drug paraphernalia in her vehicle.
Messman told police her children were in the care of a 17-year-old babysitter, but Mosinee Police called to Messman’s home discovered her two young children, including an infant, along with a 10-year-old girl who was unaware that Messman had left the home. No adults were in the home at the time, police said.
Court records show Messman was on probation with an absolute sobriety requirement at the time of her arrest. Witnesses estimate she had been in the parking lot for about 20 minutes before police arrived.
A report was forwarded to Social Services.
Messman is free on a cash bond, with a preliminary hearing set for July 6.