CHEYENNE – A local man accused of endangering his infant child by having them around meth was found guilty Monday by a jury in Laramie County District Court.
Christopher Cussimanio, 26, was found guilty of child endangering around methamphetamine use. He took a video of his ex-girlfriend smoking meth with the child present.
Cussimanio later tried to send the video anonymously to law enforcement, but was arrested due to his part in the incident. The child’s other parent, Jade Campbell, was arrested and charged with endangering a child around meth use. She pleaded guilty to the charge without a plea deal and is awaiting sentencing.
Cussimanio and Campbell were in a child custody dispute at the time of their arrest.
Cussimanio’s jury trial lasted about a day before the jury turned in a guilty verdict on the single charge. He is currently awaiting sentencing, and the charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.
According to court documents:
Campbell said Cussimanio was the one who brought the meth to her residence to smoke when he took the video.
Officers interviewed Cussimanio’s girlfriend, and she said Cussimanio took the video because he was trying to prove Campbell was smoking methamphetamine in front of the child. The girlfriend said Campbell was constantly asking Cussimanio for methamphetamine.
After hearing this information, officers contacted Cussimanio to ask him about the video he took of Campbell smoking in front of their child. Cussimanio said he was worried about coming to the sheriff’s department because he didn’t want to be detained.
Cussimanio failed to show up for an interview with officers June 12 about the video, and didn’t answer an officer’s calls July 2.
Officers said they decided to arrest Cussimanio because he was in the same room as Campbell when she was smoking methamphetamine in front of their child.
Officers reviewed the 911 dispatch log and found Cussimanio never called law enforcement. He also didn’t take his child out of the room where the methamphetamine was being smoked.