By Grant Bissell, reporter
O'FALLON, Mo. (KSDK) - A St. Charles County mother is facing one felony and two misdemeanor child endangerment charges after police say she made her teenage kids sell drugs and left her three year-old in filthy conditions at her home.
Carrie Lynn Ryan of Hickory Lane in O'Fallon is being held in the St. Charles County Jail. Her three children were taken into emergency custody by the Missouri Division of Family Services.
According to St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar, Ryan is a chronic alcoholic and when officers arrived at her home she was extremely intoxicated. Lohmar also says Ryan was forcing her teenagers to sell synthetic LSD and marijuana for financial gain.
According to court documents, Ryan's home had an overpowering smell of what officers believed to be cat feces and "disgusting body odor." The home was also infested with bed bugs, fleas and lice.
Investigators recovered a text conversation from Ryan's cell phone in which she told another person her three year-old has had head lice since at least July 29th. Officers say Ryan has failed to provide adequate medical treatment for the child.
Officers also say Ryan has been repeatedly intoxicated to the point that her teenagers were left to care for the three year-old child. Neighbors say the child has been seen running through the neighborhood unsupervised on an almost daily basis.
Ryan pleaded guilty to eight counts of child endangerment and one count of allowing minors to possess alcohol in May 2010. All were misdemeanor charges. Ryan was sentenced to two years probation.
In December 2011 Ryan was again charged with two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment. She was sentenced to drug court and mental health treatments.