Leavenworth woman is convicted of child endangerment and drug charges

A 28-year-old woman pleaded no contest Wednesday in Leavenworth County to child endangerment and drug charges, the county attorney said.

Elizabeth A. Michaud was convicted of aggravated endangering a child, possession with intent to distribute oxycodone and unlawful possession of methamphetamine, County Attorney Todd Thompson said in a written statement.

Authorities allege that on May 3, 2012, Leavenworth police found Michaud walking in the front yard of a home crying, “My baby, my baby. I need to find my baby.” Police reported that she could not provide other information to help with the search.

About three hours later, another Leavenworth resident found the baby several blocks away, abandoned in a stroller.

Michaud’s drug charges stemmed from an incident April 1, when she was arrested during a county drug investigation, and April 9, when officers found drugs in her possession while arresting her for not appearing for trial on the child endangerment charge.

A judge set her sentencing for May 31, Thompson said.