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Ex­pos­ing child to meth yields pro­ba­tion

Eau Claire man pleads guilty to one countof child neglect

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An Eau Claire man will spend three years on probation for exposing at least one child to methamphetamine.

Thomas J. Labarge, 29, 678 Wisconsin St., pleaded guilty recently in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of bail jumping and a misdemeanor count of child neglect.

Judge William Gabler placed Labarge on three years of probation and fined him $961.

As conditions of probation, Labarge cannot drink alcohol, enter taverns or have contact with known drug dealers or users.

Labarge must complete Drug Court and can have contact with his son only as approved by the Eau Claire County Department of Human Services.

Labarge’s co-defendant, Heaven L. Cox, 24, 2705 Hallie Lane, previously received three years of probation for a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor count of child neglect.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police were sent to the residence for Cox and LaBarge at 11 a.m. Oct. 19 after receiving information that they were using methamphetamine and that there were children living in the house.

Cox was taking care of her son when officers arrived. Officers found a methamphetamine pipe with methamphetamine residue in her bedroom. The pipe was within reach of a child.

LaBarge, who is Cox’s boyfriend, was arrested when he arrived at the residence.

Cox admitted to using methamphetamine the day before when she had a baby sitter.

Contact: 715-833-9207,

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