Chico mother sentenced to prison in child endangerment case

Jun 19, 2015 12:30 PM by News Staff

A Chico mother is headed to prison after she was convicted of child endangerment, for the third time in four years.

According to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Brandi Macias, 34, was sentenced to four years in state prison Thursday.

Last month Macias was arrested after police found her at a local restaurant with her four-year-old child locked in the bathroom. Macias was passed out on the floor with a compressed gas can in her hand. Police say she was getting high and passed out as her child sat on the floor.

Macias has three children, and they are all in protective custody.

Macias had been previously arrested in 2010 for child endangerment involving the same three children after she and her husband were being evicted from their home and a "honey oil lab" and large amounts of processed marijuana were found inside. The children tested positive for marijuana in their systems after Macias said she thought since marijuana was "legal" there was no problem with smoking it around the children.

Macias was arrested for child endangerment again in 2014 by investigators with the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force (BINTF) and the Butte County District Attorney's Drug Endangered Children's Program. Investigators were conducting a probation search and found the children in a residence described as "filthy" and "dangerous" with garbage, rotten food, loose marijuana, broken glass marijuana pipes, and knives strewn around the residence.


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