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Minnetonka mom who left son alone admits to DWI, has more serious charge dropped

  • May 10, 2013 - 9:09 PM

A 26-year-old Minnetonka woman who was out drinking and left her 6-year-old son home alone has pleaded guilty to drunken driving and had a child-endangerment charge dismissed.

Jillian R. Neimeyer was then sentenced Thursday on the misdemeanor charge to 30 days in the Hennepin County workhouse, which was stayed for two years. The other charge was a gross misdemeanor.

A preliminary breath test measured Neimeyer’s blood alcohol content on the morning of Dec. 1 at 0.111 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 for driving in Minnesota, police said. A blood draw less than an hour later came back at 0.08 percent, the criminal complaint read.

According to police:

Officers were called shortly before 8 a.m. to the apartment complex at 19000 Stratford Road by a resident who said a 6-year-old boy came to her apartment and said, “Mommy was gone.”

Shortly after 8:30 a.m., Neimeyer drove into the apartment complex parking lot. As she walked in the hall, officers detected “a very strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.”

Neimeyer acknowledged to police that she had left her son home alone until her return, adding that she had been drinking at a friend’s house, police said.

Paul Walsh

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