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CHEYENNE – A local man was arrested earlier this month for endangering a child by having them around meth usage when he took a video of his ex-girlfriend smoking methamphetamine that he later sent to law enforcement.

Christopher David Cussimanio, 26, was arrested July 5. He had allegedly taken a video of his ex-girlfriend, Jade Campbell, who was allegedly smoking methamphetamine around their child.

Campbell was charged with endangering a child for having them around methamphetamine use, and her case is currently being heard in Laramie County District Court. She pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, and her trial is set for Oct. 21.

Cussimanio tried to give the video to Laramie County Sheriff’s Department deputies anonymously via email, which resulted in Campbell’s arrest. The two were in a custody dispute over their child at the time, according to court documents.

Cussimanio had his preliminary hearing in Laramie County Circuit Court last Friday, July 12. He was released from custody at that time on a $2,000 bond.

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.

When the couple would pick up the child, the girlfriend said the child was shaking like it was in withdrawal.

The girlfriend said she let Campbell borrow a phone, and she left her Facebook account logged in. When Cussimanio’s girlfriend went to check the account, it showed messages from Campbell asking for methamphetamine. She took screenshots of the messages, which she turned over to police.

In a separate occasion, Cussimanio’s girlfriend said Campbell tried to plant a methamphetamine pipe in Cussimanio’s belongings to get them into trouble.

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 about the video June 12, 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.

Isabella Alves is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s criminal justice reporter. She can be reached at ialves@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3128. Follow her on Twitter @IsabellaAlves96.

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