A Fairchild man is accused of having methamphetamine in his car within reach of his young child.

Anthony M. Shoemaker, 25, is charged in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor counts of neglecting a child and operating after revocation.

Shoemaker is free on a $500 signature bond, which requires him to maintain absolute sobriety.

Shoemaker returns to court Jan. 16.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police initiated a traffic stop of Shoemaker's vehicle at 7:45 p.m. Monday in Fairchild after a records check indicated his vehicle's registration was expired.

Shoemaker's 5-year-old child was in the vehicle.

Within reach of both Shoemaker and the child was a small pouch containing drug paraphernalia and a powdery substance later identified as methamphetamine.

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

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