By Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Perkins woman, who admitted to a Stillwater police officer she was using methamphetamine and pressed fentanyl pills, has been ordered to appear in court on Feb. 7 on a charge of neglecting her two small children by sheltering them in a vacant apartment and exposing them to drug use, court documents allege.
During a jail interview after her arrest, Josie Jenice Piotrowski, 23, “told me she was not in the condition to properly care for her children,” Stillwater Police Officer Josh Carson alleged in an affidavit filed last week with a three-count charge that includes possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Her children, ages 6 months and 18 months, were taken into the custody of the state Department of Human Services after a search warrant was served at 10 am on Dec. 28, 2022, at an abandoned apartment in Stillwater where she and her children were staying, according to the officer’s affidavit.
“I located a used syringe in a bag on the floor of the living room along with working digital scales with methamphetamine residue on them that were in the living room floor. A ‘hot rail pipe’ and foil with residue were located on the kitchen counter. A ‘hot rail’ is a commonly used way to ingest fentanyl or heroin by placing the drug on foil and applying heat to the drug and inhaling the fumes with a pipe,” the officer alleged in his affidavit.
“I observed used syringes discarded in an open drawer in the hallway. Officer McSpadden stated he found a glass methamphetamine pipe in Josie’s pocket that was clearly visible when she was being detained.
“Josie was also carrying a black purse with fluorescent writing on the outside, along with her baby. Inside the purse a zip top container was located that had a clear substance inside that appeared to be methamphetamine.
Josie stated her other child just left the scene with friends. Josie was instructed to call the friends and have the child brought back to our location,” which she did, the officer alleged in his affidavit.
“It was later found out the apartment was supposed to be vacant, and Josie and her children were staying in an abandoned apartment,” the affidavit said.
According to court records, Piotrowski was given a five-year deferred sentence in 2018 for unauthorized use of a vehicle in Perkins, but a year later she was found in violation of her probation and given a five-year suspended sentence except for 90 days in the Payne County Jail.
Also in 2018, Piotrowski was given a five-year deferred sentence for car theft in El Reno, but a year later she was found in violation of her probation and given a five-year suspended sentence; she then entered treatment at Northcare Family Treatment Center, which she completed four months later, Canadian County court records show.
Due to her criminal record, Piotrowski could be imprisoned for three years to life if convicted of child neglect; she could be given two years in the Payne County Jail if convicted of her misdemeanor counts of possessing methamphetamine and a glass pipe used to smoke drugs.