Ukiah Couple Arrested For Leaving Children Unsupervised Due to Drug Use

The following is a press released from Ukiah Police Department The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On 1/8/21 at approximately 1044 hours, a concerned family member  requested UPD officers perform a welfare check on two children (ages seven and three  years old) after learning the children had been listed as absent from school that day. The  family member advised she had attempted to call the parents (Stephanie Phillips and Sean  Finnegan) of the children, but their phones went directly to voicemail, which she found  odd.  

Stephanie Phillips [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

UPD officers responded to the residence and knocked on the door. The two children  answered the door alone. The officers asked the children if they could speak to their  parents. The children advised their parents were in bed and would not wake up. The  officers requested the children attempt to wake the parents up and come to the door. The  

children returned to the door a few minutes later and advised the officers that their  parents would not wake up. Fearing the parents were having a medical emergency the officers entered the residence to check their welfare.  

The officers responded to the parents’ bedroom and located Phillips and Finnegan  sleeping in their bed. The officers observed Finnegan was holding a pipe in his hand that  is commonly used to smoke methamphetamine. The officers observed suspected heroin  on a nearby nightstand. The officers observed numerous pills that were identified as Xanax throughout the bedroom. All of these objects were located in a spot that made  them easily accessible to the children.  

Sean  Finnegan [Picture from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

The officers attempted to wake Phillips and Finnegan, but found that they would only  wake up for a short period of time and then fall back asleep. Eventually officers were  able to wake Phillips and Finnegan. Officers performed an evaluation on Phillips and  Finnegan and concluded that both subjects were under the influence of a mixture of  controlled substances.  

The officers concluded that Phillips and Finnegan had left the young children  unsupervised for an unknown amount of time as a result of their drug use. The officers  concluded that Phillips and Finnegan had placed the young children in a situation that was likely to produce great bodily harm or death by having illegal narcotics in the  residence that were easily accessible to the children. Phillips and Finnegan were both  placed under arrest for 273a(a) PC, 11550(a) HS, 11364(a) HS, and 11350(a) HS. A  records check revealed that Phillips was on summary probation out of Mendocino County  with the term “obey all laws”. Phillips was also placed under arrest for 1203.2(a) PC for  violating her probation.  

The officers contacted Child Protective Services (CPS) and had them respond to the  residence. CPS took custody of the children and later placed the children in the care of  other family members.  

Phillips and Finnegan were transported to the MCSO Jail where they were booked on the  above listed charges.  

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