A detective reported seeing a syringe in a diaper bag when he met with the suspect’s family.
Jared W. Mande, 25, Scandinavia, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and felony bail jumping.
On Feb. 11, Mande appeared in Waupaca County Circuit Court on charges of possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.
He was released on a $5,000 signature bond with the conditions that he not possess any illegal drugs or paraphernalia.
On Feb. 23. a social worker contacted Detective Sgt. John Mocadlo, with the Waupaca County Sheriff’s Office, and said she needed to check Mande’s residence because she believed he was using drugs and putting his two children, ages 6 months and 2 years, at risk.
That afternoon, Mocadlo contacted Mande’s mother, who said they were all at an auto service center. Macadlo met them there.
According to the criminal complaint, Mocadlo saw a syringe with an orange cap in a pocket of a diaper bag.
The children’s mother accompanied Mocadlo to the sheriff’s office, while the rest of the family remained at the service center until work was completed on their car.
When Mocadlo asked about the needle he saw in the diaper bag, she said she did not know it was there. She also denied using illegal drugs.
When Mande, his mother and the two children arrived, the syringe was no longer in the diaper bag.
Mande initially denied there had been any needle in the bag, but his mother said she saw it, the complaint says.
Mande then reportedly said he discarded it before coming to the sheriff’s office.
Mocadlo found a ceramic pipe with some ashes in it.
According to the criminal complaint, Mande said he had used it to smoke pot the previous night.