Death Investigation Unveils Unlicensed Daycare Where Children Were Exposed to Drugs

Hannah Mason Meinhardt, age 24. Hannah Mason Meinhardt, age 24.

LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Jan. 10, 2020)—Police in St. Mary's County report that their investigation into the death of a 25-year-old male from Charlotte Hall unveiled an unlicensed daycare where at least one child was exposed to used drug paraphernalia and drug residue.

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office Vice Narcotics Division began their investigation on December 17, 2019. Police obtained information that the decedent had been at a residence in the 28800 block of Trent Hall Road in Mechanicsville prior to his death. Hannah Mason Meinhardt, age 24, resided at this residence and was also operating an unlicensed daycare at the residence.

Police believe that in December of 2019, a juvenile at the unlicensed daycare obtained used drug paraphernalia from a trashcan and possibly ingested residue from a controlled dangerous substance (CDS). Detectives also determined that during this time frame Meinhardt had been providing daycare to at least two other children under the age of 10.

On January 8, Meinhardt was arrested and charged with the following:

• Child Abuse: Second Degree-Care and Custody (three counts);

• Neglect of Minor (three counts); and

• Reckless Endangerment (three counts)

Meinhardt was transported to the St. Mary's County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and later released on a $15,000 bond.

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