Tamri Stewart, 35, was charged Monday with Class C felony child abuse or neglect in Morton County. South Central District Judge Bruce Romanick ordered her released on her promise to appear.
Mandan Police Officer Daniel Poppe wrote in an affidavit that he responded to a welfare check on a 10-year-old girl on Saturday. Someone had reported the girl would be home alone until 9 p.m. in an unsanitary home. Poppe wrote that he spoke to the girl outside the home, and she said a friend’s parents were watching her but she was playing with the friend at her home at that time. The friend’s mother told Poppe she was not watching the girl.
Poppe called Stewart, who told him she did not want him looking in her home. Poppe checked on the girl later, and when she appeared cold talking to him outside, he asked if she would prefer stepping inside the home. She said she would like to be inside. Poppe wrote that there was an overwhelming smell of dog feces in the home, and there were dog feces and garbage on the floor.
Other officers and a social worker with Burleigh County Social Services went to the house later and reported the dog feces and garbage were in the entire home, and there was a swarm of flies in the kitchen.
Stewart is scheduled to appear in court again on April 8.