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Emily Welker, Published February 15 2013

Home invasion victims charged in drug, child endangerment case

FARGO – Two victims in a home invasion robbery just before the holidays in Chaffee – in which four armed men broke into the home, struck the grandmother who lived there and stole the children’s Christmas money – have been charged with dealing drugs and child endangerment.

Kimberly Schempp, 21, was charged Thursday in Cass County District Court with one count of endangerment of a child or vulnerable adult and one count of abuse or neglect of a child, both Class C felonies.

Her mother Linda Schempp, 54, was charged Jan. 11 with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, a Class B felony, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, both Class C felonies, and a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. She appeared in court at the end of January and posted a $750 bond.

According to court documents filed Thursday:

Cass County Drug Task Force officers executed a search warrant Jan. 10 on the Schempps’ home. Officers discovered the children, both under 5 years old, were living in extremely dirty conditions with clothing and trash strewn throughout the house.

Officers also say the power in the house was on for only a half-hour a day because the electric bills had not been paid. A pile of animal feces was found in one bedroom on a bed the children could access.

In Linda Schempp’s bedroom, officers found a baggy of methamphetamine, marijuana packaged for sale and a pay/owe sheet, among other items. A safe in the living room also had baggies with marijuana and cash.

During the search, Kimberly Schempp told officers she had moved out of the home three weeks before and that she didn’t know about her mother’s drug usage.

The children in the home were placed in the custody of child services, and Linda Schempp and another person staying in the home, Mitchel Vitek, were arrested.

Vitek was charged in Cass County District Court with possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C Felony.

Court documents say Kimberly Schempp and the children were given a hair test the day after the search that determined her hair was positive for methamphetamine and THC, the chemical compound characteristic of marijuana.

The younger child, an 11-month old boy, had a hair test that came back positive for THC.

Kimberly Schempp has yet to appear in court.

Linda Schempp was assaulted and Kimberly Schempp was threatened during the home invasion-style armed robbery of their home on the 400 block of Main Street in Chaffee on Nov. 25.

Linda Schempp sustained bumps and bruises but refused treatment

The suspects reportedly took cash and valuables and fled the home before deputies arrived.

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