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Nickolaus Robert Hardtke Neace

Nickolaus Robert Hardtke Neace

A Klamath Falls couple have been charged with child endangerment after their 3-month-old son tested positive for methamphetamine in September.

Nickolaus Robert Hardtke Neace, 24, and Emily Rose McGinnis, 19, were charged after police followed up on a Department of Human Services complaint regarding the child’s safety.

A witness told DHS Nease and McGinnis were daily methamphetamine users and at one point Nease was seen injecting the child with a substance believed to be meth. On Sept. 18, the child was given a drug test and was found positive for methamphetamine.

Both suspects were interviewed by police Oct. 25 and said they gave up meth after they discovered McGinnis was pregnant. Both said the child’s babysitters may have had meth residue on their persons while caring for the boy, while Neace directly denied injecting his son with meth.

Neace and McGinnis have been charged with reckless endangering and endangering the welfare of a minor and face up to a year in jail. Neace was arrested Saturday and pleaded not guilty Monday, while McGinnis was cited and is scheduled for court Dec. 14.