PUNXSUTAWNEY — A man has been charged with child endangerment after allegedly asking a young girl to shoot him up with methamphetamine while his significant other was unconscious.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, a child went to the counselor at the Punxsutawney Area Middle School to report that her father, Christopher Cody Lowmaster, 35, and stepmother Brittney K. Lowmaster, 31, both of 505 Sycamore St., Apt. #2, started selling heroin in January and started using crystal meth around the same time.
The child said that people were coming in and out of their apartment all of the time and that she was worried about her step-brother. She told the counselor and police that when the adults do meth they are up for several days at a time and that they also go to the methadone clinic every day.
The girl added that her father asked her to stick a syringe of crystal meth in his arm because her stepmom was passed out. She told the counselor that she was scared, but she did it anyway. The girl said he needed her to inject him with the needle because he had an injured hand from a bad car accident.
After she had stuck the needle in his arm, there was a knock on the door and her mom came to pick him up.
Police also said they responded previously to a call because Brittney Lowmaster had been found unresponsive in a vehicle in the parking lot of the apartment, but when police and medics arrived she had refused treatment.
Christopher Lowmaster is charged with corruption of minors and two counts of endangering the welfare of children and Brittney Lowmaster is charged with two counts. All are misdemeanors of the first degree.
Both have been remanded to Jefferson County Jail in lieu of posting bail. Bail for Christopher Lowmaster was set at $40,000 cash and for Brittney Lowmaster at $30,000 cash.
A preliminary hearing for the two has been set for 2 p.m. March 27.