Superior, Wis., mother charge with neglect, allowing drug houseA Superior woman accused of running a drug house made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
By: Maria Lockwood, Superior Telegram
A Superior woman accused of running a drug house made an initial appearance in Douglas County Circuit Court on Tuesday.
Tanya Marie Borske, 34, faces a felony charge for maintaining drug trafficking at 1818 Banks Ave., and three misdemeanor counts of child neglect.
According to the criminal complaint:
Another female who lived at the home sold meth out of her room while Borske’s three minor children -- ages 13, 4 and 3 -- were present. That woman, Terra Jean Jennissen, 21, is facing two counts of felony delivery of meth and one count of felony possession of meth in Douglas County Circuit Court, stemming from two police-controlled drug buys at the home and the results of a search warrant executed Dec. 27.
According to the criminal complaint against Jennissen, 7 ounces of meth and meth pipes were found in Jennissen’s room.
During one of the buys, Jennissen had several people inside the residence with her waiting to buy meth. Jennissen was babysitting Borske’s children while smoking meth and waiting for her source of meth to arrive.
When interviewed by Superior police officers, Borske said she knew Jennissen was selling meth at the residence leased in Borske’s name. She said Jennissen’s customers stop by at all hours of the day and night and told officers that Jennissen had sold her meth in the past.
Officers who conducted the search on Dec. 27 found the house in total disarray, with dirty clothing scattered throughout the rooms along with toys and other debris. In the kitchen, there were dirty dishes, and pots and pans in the sink and on counter tops. The pantries and refrigerator were almost bare of food. When officers opened the refrigerator, the overwhelming odor of mold and stink forced them to vacate the kitchen to escape the odor.
When questioned by officers, Borske admitted her youngest son had walked away from the home barefoot and unattended on two separate occasions this winter.
Borske acknowledged there is drug use at her home, and possibly other criminal activity, but claimed her children were in no danger.
The children were taken into protective custody by Douglas County Social Services.
At the initial hearing Tuesday, Borske pleaded not guilty to the child neglect counts. A preliminary hearing was set for Feb. 16. She was released on a $2,000 signature bond with the condition that she have no contact with Jennissen.
Online court records indicate Jennissen now lives in Wrenshall, Minn. Her case is set for arraignment in March.