Iowa woman charged with child endangerment

An Iowa woman has been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of a child for using controlled substances in the presence of her two young daughters while staying at a Jefferson City hotel.

Tiara Rojas, 25, is also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

A Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement shows the incident occurred Wednesday morning at America’s Best Value Inn on Jefferson Street.

Authorities had been called to the hotel for an overdose.

Rojas’ former husband was found unresponsive and was taken to Capital Region Medical Center, where he later died of an apparent narcotic overdose.

Officers questioned Rojas, who admitted she and her former husband were using marijuana and K-2.

She also said her former husband snorted a white powder while she smoked the powder, which she said was cocaine.

A search of the hotel room turned up a white powdery substance, packages believed to be K-2 and a rolled up $1 dollar bill with powder residue.

The children were turned over to the Cole County Children’s Division.

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