St. Charles County mom made kids sell drugs, live in bug-infested home, police say

2013-08-23T16:30:00Z 2013-09-12T17:18:10Z St. Charles County mom made kids sell drugs, live in bug-infested home, police sayBy Susan Weich sweich@post-dispatch.com 636-493-9674 stltoday.com

ST. CHARLES COUNTY •  A 36-year-old woman with a history of child endangerment is in custody again after police say she let her children live in deplorable conditions, and made her older children sell drugs to get money.

Carrie Lynn Ryan of the first block of Hickory Lane, is currently being held on one count of felony child endangerment and two counts of misdemeanor child endangerment.

Police say Ryan is an alcoholic, and when they arrived at her home, she was extremely intoxicated.

Officers noted that Ryan's home was filthy and "reeked of odors believed to be cat feces and disgusting body odor." Her home was infested with bedbugs, fleas and lice, police said.

Her youngest child, a 3-year-old girl, has had head lice since at least July 29, police said, and Ryan failed to get medical treatment for the child. In addition, steak knives were left on the counter within easy reach. Neighbors told police they had seen the girl running through the neighborhood unsupervised on almost a daily basis.

Police say that Ryan has repeatedly left her 3-year-old in the care of her 15- and 16-year-old boys. She also encouraged and aided the older children in selling illegal narcotics --synthetic LSD and marijuana -- authorities said.

According to court records, Ryan pleaded guilty to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child on July 11, and is on two years probation for that offense after completing a program for DWI/drug offenders. In addition, she pleaded guilty to eight counts of child endangerment in May 2010.

Bail in the new case is set at $10,000 cash only.

The children are in the care of a relative, police say.

Susan Weich is a reporter at the Post-Dispatch. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

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