An Eau Claire woman is accused of exposing her children, ages 11 and 17, to methamphetamine.

The woman, authorities say, would allow several people to use drugs in her basement.

Kristy L. White, 38, 4521 Fairfax St., is charged in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place and a misdemeanor count of child neglect.

White is scheduled to make her initial court appearance on May 10.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police received a report of possible methamphetamine use and child neglect at White’s former residence on Ferry Street.

Police visited the residence on Feb. 2 and found several unsanitary and cluttered rooms. The basement was very musty, and it was difficult to breathe there.

White denied that there were any drugs inside the residence but admitted she had used methamphetamine two days earlier.

The older child told police several random people would come in and out of the residence and go straight to the basement for about 20 minutes before leaving. The child said this occurred at all times during the night, making it difficult to sleep.

The girl said she felt uncomfortable with all the unfamiliar people coming and going.

Police spoke with a man who said he had used methamphetamine at that residence with White and other people.

The man said the children would usually be in bed when they used methamphetamine, but sometimes the children were around.

Hair follicle tests were taken of the two children.

The older child’s test was negative for all substances, but the younger child’s test was positive for the presence of methamphetamine.

White is being prosecuted as a subsequent offender. She was convicted of a misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana in May 2000 in Eau Claire County.

If convicted of the felony charge, White could be sentenced to up to 18 months in prison.

Contact: 715-833-9207, dan.holtz@ecpc.com